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NKU Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
with Annual MLK Day Celebration 


Jan. 15, 2021 —  Northern Kentucky University celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual Day of Community Service on Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.

The virtual event continues NKU's rich history of service and engagement. More than 1,500 members of the campus community have honored Dr. King by volunteering and giving back to the region over the past two years. Given the constraints of the pandemic, this year’s program will focus on education and remote events.

"The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals from all walks of life to work together and create solutions that eliminate the social and economic inequities that persist to this day,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “I am proud that this has become an annual tradition at NKU, and this day upholds the lasting impact we continue to make within our society.”

Hosted by NKU's Division of Student Affairs, the program features a keynote presentation led by Alonzo Jones, a well-renowned speaker with more than 25 years of higher education experience. Jones will deliver his signature program exploring the life of Dr. King and moderate a panel discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion with members of the NKU community.

“Community Service is a quality I have long admired in NKU. I could not be more excited to join my new community with an event that not only honors Dr. King but further inspires our campus to make a difference,” said Dr. Eddie Howard, Vice President for Student Affairs. "While we may not be together in person for this day, there are still ways to serve and have a collective impact within the community safely. Service and donations are still as important as ever.”

Jan. 18 Schedule for MLK Day of Service

  • 10:00 a.m.     Opening Ceremonies
    Featuring University administration and student performances
  • 10:20 a.m.     Keynote by Alonzo Jones
                        Race, Rationalization and Humanness: A look into the Life of Dr. King
  • 10:50 a.m.     Panelist Discussions
    Moderated by Alonzo Jones

For more information and to register for the university’s annual MLK Day of Service, visit NKU’s Community Service website.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit