MLK Day Programming

MLK DAY OF SERVICE IMAGEMLK Day of Service is an immersive, community service program that connects GT community members to hands-on service projects and social issue education in the Atlanta area.  Each year, on the observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we offer the chance to make it a “day on, not a day off” partnering with Atlanta community organizations to connect, serve, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community’.  

Our 2021 event has been adjusted to a hybrid format to account for adjusted needs of our community partners and GT community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. 




You can choose how you’d like to serve this year! We will offer the following options:  

MLK Small Group Service Projects | Organized with local community partners, these will be in-person service projects hosted on-campus during our formal Day of Service hours.  Space will be limited.   

MLK Virtual Projects | Organized with local community partners, these projects will allow for engagement during MLK Day of Service without an in-person component.   Space will be limited.

MLK Engage Where you Are | Commit to strengthening your connection to community wherever you are, through service or another community engagement option that you choose!  


Overall Schedule - Monday, January 18, 2021: 
8:30-8:55am - In-Person Project Check-in (Exhibition Hall)
9-9:15am - MLK Day of Service Welcome + Kickoff (In-Person and Live Streamed) 
9:15-11:15am - Formal Service Block (Group+Virtual Service Projects, see options below) 
11:30am-12:30pm - MLK Day of Service Speaker, John Onwuchekwa (In-Person and Live Streamed) 

All participants will be invited to attend an MLK Day of Service welcome and kick-off at 9am and our MLK Day of Service Speaker at 11:30am. Participation in each of these will be accounted for through the project registration process! Individuals can also register only for the speaker portion of the event.  

Times listed above are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).  


The GT community is invited to join us for a conversation with this year’s MLK Day of Service speaker, John Onwuchekwa, co-founder of Portrait Coffee in Atlanta, Georgia.    

In just over a year, Portrait Coffee has grown from an idea into a thriving, black-owned coffee roastery in Atlanta, GA.  We will get to know John O., explore purpose-driven decision making, how Portrait is helping to change the narrative of the coffee industry, and a whole lot more! Whether you're a coffee fan, an advocate for local businesses, or just want to hear from an engaged community leader, you will not want to miss this talk! 

This conversation will occur virtually.  A limited number of seats will be available for an in-person viewing of the streamed discussion.

Individuals may attend the speaker portion of MLK Day of Service without participating in a project! You will reigster using the same link and select "MLK Day of Service Speaker" under the registration option.  


Details about the day and ways to participate will be shared here, and through the Civic Engagement Engage Page

Register for MLK Day of Service programming here:


MLK "Sunday" Supper 

As we honor Dr. King's life and legacy, it is important to take time to celebrate and reflect together as a community.  The MLK "Sunday" Supper invites the Georgia Tech community to come together over a meal and engage in meaningful dialogue about the 2021 MLK Celebration events and specifically around this year's theme, "The Fierce Urgency of Building the Beloved Community." 

This year, our discussions will occur virtually through the Gatherly platform.  Those who will be on-campus or in the Atlanta area on the day of the event will have the option to  option to pick up a meal voucher for use on-campus.  

Details and updates regarding this event can be found on Engage
Register for this year's "Sunday" Supper here:

Questions regarding this year's "Sunday" Supper event can be directed to Sirocus Barnes (