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Center for Social Change:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Walden University's Center for Social Change is a connective hub that promotes, facilitates, and supports collaborative alliances, action research, and projects that lead to purposeful action for sustainable positive social change.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The third Monday of every January, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Over 50 years since his death, Dr. King’s messages of social justice, inclusion, and service continue to resonate.

Each year, The King Center designates a theme for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The theme for 2024 is ‘Shifting the Cultural Climate through the Study and Practice of Kingian Nonviolence’. The pioneering work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated that Kingian Nonviolence (Nonviolence365™) is the sustainable solution to injustice and violence in our world, ultimately leading to the creation of the Beloved Community, where injustice ceases and love prevails.” The King Center welcomes and invites us to join this movement for a new future as we strive to cultivate a Beloved Community Mindset, and ultimately transform unjust systems.

In honor of Dr. King and his legacy, we encourage you to reflect on his inspiring work through the resources below.



In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., watch one or more of his memorable speeches.


Listen to a podcast about Dr. King’s life and legacy, or review a playlist of stories, speeches, and music compiled by the Pubic Radio Exchange that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


With the children in your life, read an inspiring book or two to introduce them to Dr. King and his incredible legacy.

Compiled by The King Center, review and read one of Dr. King’s books or a biography about his life and work.  


From the National Museum of African American History & Culture, check out a few surprising facts you may not know about Dr. King.  

Learn more about Dr. King and some of his most important achievements.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute provides access to resources surrounding Dr. King’s life and work. Visit the King Resources Overview site for more information on the civil rights movement, Dr. King’s work, and other recommended readings and resources.


Reflect on Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence. The King Center provides more information on the tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy, along with information on The Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change and his vision for “The Beloved Community.”


Take a virtual tour of the National Civil Rights Museum Tour to learn more about the history and legacy of the civil rights movement.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is also a National Day of Service. Volunteer for a cause in your community or find an opportunity via AmeriCorps.

Visit or volunteer at a National Park near you. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Parks Service will waive entrance fees for all on January 15, 2024.

For educators, The King Center is calling for a worldwide Teach-In in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Register through the King Center to receive a lesson plan.  

Visit The King Center for more ways to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King including upcoming events

The National Day of Racial Healing takes place annually the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Learn more about the National Day of Racial Healing and find a local event near you to be part of the conversation.