Photo of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Apply for 2022 MLK Celebration programming funding

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is accepting funding requests for programming in honor of the 2022 MLK Celebration.

Co-sponsorships of events can range from $100 to $2,000. Past co-sponsorships have helped support speakers, films, displays, workshops, receptions, lunches and field trips. The deadline to submit funding requests is Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. Any questions about the funding request process can be directed to Naomi Sigg at

Apply for funding.

About the MLK Convocation keynote speaker

The MLK Convocation keynote will be Jelani Cobb. Against the backdrop of a pandemic that disproportionately affects Black people, and a renewed push for racial justice, historian and Peabody Award-winning journalist Jelani Cobb emerges as a clear voice in the fight for a better America. A PBS Frontline correspondent for two critically acclaimed documentaries—Policing the Police and Whose Vote Counts—Cobb explores the enormous complexities of race and inequality, while offering guidance and hope for the future. A long-time writer for The New Yorker, and editor of its recent anthology collection The Matter of Black Lives, Cobb’s work is described as having the “rigor and depth of a professional historian with the alertness of a reporter, the liberal passion of an engaged public intellectual and the literary flair of a fine writer.”

Case Western Reserve University departments, student organizations, offices and centers are encouraged to apply for funding for events or programs that relate to the topics presented by the convocation speaker or the values that King embodied. Priority will be given for programs taking place from Jan. 17 through the end of February.