January 15, 2018 will mark the 32nd observance of the national King Holiday, and the 50th year anniversary of his assasination. Dr. King believed in freedom and equality for all, and thought that best way to achieve this was through nonviolent resistence methods such as protesting, grassroots organizing and civil disobedience. In addition to his commitment to non-violent resistance to injustice, Dr. King was also a life-long advocate for constructive service. Two years after the inception of the King Holiday, Harris Wofford, a former US Senator and friend of Dr. King, realized that for millions of Americans, the holiday had become just another day off. Wofford urged that King would have wanted the holiday to be “A Day On, Not A Day Off” to show commitment to, and understanding of, Dr. King’s lifetime of service to others.
Each year, Americans across the country gather in this spirit. As in years past, the University of Houston will join colleges, civic organizations, neighborhoods, and communities of faith in honoring the work of Dr. King. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to join us for a grand celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the annual MLK Day of Service!
Learn more about the MLK Celebration.