Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at podium with quote: The Time is Always Right to do What is Right. The Time is Always Right to do What is Right

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Week of Service has become an important project at Rogers State University and a powerful tool by which RSU positively engages with the community to create change and improvement in the area.

January 20-27, 2017

In the words of Dr. King, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”.

RSU’s goals is to promote and encourage student, faculty, staff, and community interaction in a positive academic climate that creates opportunities for cultural, intellectual, and personal enrichment for the University and the communities it serves.

MLK Art and Poetry Contest

The MLK Art and Poetry Contest features cash prizes and is open to all enrolled RSU students. Winners of the contest will be announced at the Open Mic and Spoken Word Night event on Thursday, January 26. All contest participants are invited to share their work.

  • Submissions are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 24.
  • Submissions should be turned in to Katy Launius in the Centennial Center, Room 201 (Student Affairs Office)

Scheduled Events

Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
All campus offices closed. The RSU Bookstore and Dining Services (Chapman Dining Hall, Hillcat Hut, Hilltop Coffee Shop and Juice Bar) will be open during normal business hours. 

Friday, January 20
Day of Service
RSU Athletics will be visiting all elementary schools in the Claremore Public Schools system to read one of six age-appropriate books about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Each elementary school will receive a donation of all six books to their library.

Monday, January 23
MLK Remembrance Ceremony and Concert
7:00 pm
Centennial Center Ballroom
This event will feature performances by RSU students, the Booker T. Washington High School Choir, and a spoken word performance by OSU student Skyler Little. This event is open to the community and attendees are asked to bring a donation of a canned food item as their admission. Learn More.

Wednesday, January 25
MLK Diversity Panel
10:00 am
Baird Hall Performance Studio
Public panel centered on the theme, “The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right.” Panelists include Marq Lewis of We the People Oklahoma, Sheyda Brown of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Officer Rodney Garner of the Broken Arrow Police Department, Rev. Gerald Davis of All Souls Unitarian Church, and RSU community members.

Thursday, January 26
Open Mic and Spoken Word Night
7:00 pm
Residential Life Clubhouse
Students are invited to share their talents during the Open Mic and Spoken Word Night. Winners of the poetry contest will be announced at this event and all contest participants are invited to share their work.

Friday, January 27
Day of Service
RSU student volunteers will participate in service projects at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the Claremore Veterans Center.