MLK Student Speaker Process Overview and Timeline-Office of The Dean - Carnegie Mellon University

MLK Student Speaker Process Overview and Timeline

"An Individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity. Every person must decide at some point, whether they will walk in light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment: 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?'"
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Conquering Self-Centeredness" Speech
Montgomery, Alabama, August 11, 1957
"Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy."
Martin Luther King, Jr., The Measures of Man, 1959.

As the MLK Student speaker, you are given a unique opportunity to share with the campus community your perspective of the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy. This year, the MLK Commemorative Celebration will take place on Monday, January 19, 2015.

This website has been designed to help you learn as much as possible about the 2014-2015 MLK student speaker selection process. The process itself consists of several phases. Ideally in the selection process we are looking to select an undergraduate candidate and a graduate candidate.

Phase I: Information Sessions (optional)

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These sessions provide an excellent opportunity to learn about and ask relevant questions concerning the MLK speaker selection process.

Phase II: Written Application Materials

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The written application is comprised of the candidate information section as well as responses to the two common questions, a draft of your speech and recommendation letter.

Click here to download the application (.doc).

Phase III: Interviews

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After submitting your application, you will be invited to interview with the selection committee. During this interview you will be videotaped giving your draft speech.

Phase IV: Selection

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Please pickup your decision letter in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs in 301 Warner Hall.

Phase V: MLK Speaker Practice Sessions (selected student only)

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During this period, you will be working with a 'speech coach' to prepare and finalize your speech which is designed to be approximately 3-5 minutes in length.

For any questions related to the selection process, please contact M. Shernell Smith at or in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 412-268-2075.