MLK Day of Service and Leadership

MLK Day of Service and Leadership will return in January 2025.



Watch Kayla Laws' (English and Africana Studies '24) experience of the 29th GW MLK Day of Service and Leadership.


Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve." GW’s MLK Day of Service and Leadership is a day to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day of service, workshops, and reflection.

This day of service is a unique opportunity for hundreds of GW students, faculty, staff, alumni, and DC community members to strengthen their service values, create positive and impactful contributions to our communities, and commit to continuing acts of service as exemplified by Dr. King. 


Past projects include... 

Social justice and anti-racism workshops. 

Cleaning, painting, and organizing classrooms. 

Transcribing historical documents. 

Packing safe sex and harm reduction kits. 

Museum cleanup and outdoor beautification. 


2024 Recap

In 2024, GW's 29th annual MLK Day of Service and Leadership event was held on Monday, January 15th. This day was “a day on, not a day off” for participants. The day began at 11:00 a.m. in Lisner Auditorium with an opening program on the values of Dr. King and a panel on the importance of voting. Over 300+ GW students, faculty, staff, alumni and DC community members served contributing a total of 1,360 service hours!

Read more about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2024 here



Contact us at [email protected].

MLK Day of Service and Leadership is sponsored by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service, with support from the Multicultural Services Center and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.