MLK Day Schedule 2023

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Bates is a community-wide opportunity to discuss, teach, and reflect on the legacy of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, Bates students, faculty, staff, local community members, and campus visitors gather to examine contemporary human issues through the lens of King’s work and ideas, broadly defined. It is a full day of thought, reflection, and aspiration for the entire community. 

The 2024 observance is centered on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. Traditional MLK Day events at Bates include:

  • The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service (Sunday evening)
  • The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote (Monday morning
  • Discussions, presentation, and workshops, many organized and led by Bates students (Monday)
  • The annual Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays 1920 Debate, featuring debaters from Morehouse and Bates colleges (Monday afternoon)
  • The student-led Sankofa performance (Monday evening)
MLK Day at Bates 2023

View complete coverage of the 2023 MLK Day observance at Bates, including the keynote address in Gomes Chapel on Jan. 16, 2023, by actor and playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb.