Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Week Celebration


Unity Celebration, 2016In 1986, the MLK Unity Week Celebration started with just a group of people gathered around the flagpole outside of City Hall to reflect on the words and purpose of Dr. King’s life. From the seeds sown there, Spartanburg's annual celebration has grown to include an annual gathering attended by thousands each year, and has included such notable keynote speakers as James Earl Jones, Ted Kennedy Jr., Dr. Mae Jemison, Morris Dees, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Miss America 2004, Erica Dunlap, and former Charleston Mayor, Joe Riley.

The Unity Week celebration includes a Unity Walk, a Day of Service, a movie night and the annual capstone celebration event on Monday night. See the schedule on this page to the right for complete details. The MLK Unity Week is a centerpiece of the City's Be One initiative, which includes a variety of community diversity events throughout the year.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Celebration Scholarship

This year the Unity Week committee has decided to give out two scholarships. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Celebration Scholarship is an opportunity to provide academic financial support to current high school seniors that attend school in Spartanburg County.  Two $1,000.00 scholarships will be provided to the recipients of the scholarships to be applied to the higher learning institution they select. 

Students will need to provide a 500-word essay on the provided topic based on the theme. This year’s Unity week theme is 20/20 Vision: His Vision, Our Mission. Dr. King envisioned a life where people of any race, religion or background could join together and fight alongside each other rather than against each other. In what ways have you been a part or helped his vision come to life?

For more information or to apply for the 2020 scholarship, click here.

Who to Know

Events Schedule

Friday, January 17

6:00p.m., Spartanburg County Public Library Headquarters, 151 S Church St. 

Saturday, January 18

Unity Walk - 9 a.m. 

Monday, January 20

Unity Celebration

6:30 p.m., Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium 


flickr Photostream 2017 Mayor's Unity Breakfast