Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Jr. Vigil: How Far Have We Come?

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. CT
Grand Hall, Rice Memorial Center

Free and open to the public

Come celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special event hosted by the Rice Black Men’s Association and Multicultural Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs. The program will include welcome remarks by President Reginald DesRoches, a keynote speech by Kiese Laymon, Libbie Shearn Moody Professor of Creative Writing and English and author of “Heavy: An American Memoir,” and a series of musical performances. Light bites and refreshments will be served.

To view the vigil flyer, click here.

46th Annual Original MLK Jr. Parade

Monday, Feb. 10, 2024 at 10 a.m. CT
Downtown Houston


The Houston Black Heritage Society has informed Rice that the parade has now been rescheduled for Saturday Feb. 10, and Rice will still participate by hosting a float, however because the new date falls during the university's scheduled spring recess, participation by The MOB and the planned Rice walking group will regrettably be cancelled this year.

We thank you for your willingness to participate, and if you are in town on February 10, we encourage you to come downtown to watch the parade as a spectator if you are still interested. For details about the timing of the parade and where the route will run, please visit Black Heritage Society's website.

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Participant Registration has ended

Thank you for expressing your interest in representing Rice University at the 46th Annual Original MLK Jr. Parade. Registration for this event is now closed. However, the MLK Jr. Vigil is free and open to the public with no registration necessary.

If you previously submitted a registration form, please check your inbox or spam folders for an email soon from ruevents@rice.edu containing confirmation and logistical details.

Please note:

  • If you submitted a form, but have not received a confirmation email, your participation is NOT YET CONFIRMED.
  • Registration, transportation and T-shirt availability are LIMITED.
  • The parade route runs along city streets in the central business district and should be ACCESSIBLE for wheel chair participants.