Through speeches and com­mu­nity ser­vice on Friday and Monday, North­eastern hon­ored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights pio­neer whose strength and courage changed the course of Amer­ican history.

When Martin Luther King died, he was working for the hum­blest of people you could imagine,” said Isabel Wilk­erson, the Pulitzer Prize-​​winning author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migra­tion,” whose speech, titled “Voices from the Black Migra­tion,” was one of the main events on Friday. “Even though he was a Nobel lau­reate and his pic­ture was on the mantle of prob­ably every African-​​American house­hold in the United States, he was still working on behalf of the san­i­ta­tion workers in Memphis.”

The event, held at the law school’s Dockser Hall, fea­tured talks by lawyers for Northeastern’s Civil Rights and Restora­tive Jus­tice Project and their clients, dis­cussing their work to address unsolved mur­ders in the South fol­lowing during the civil rights era. It also con­tinued a day of pro­grams at North­eastern that cel­e­brated Dr. King.

Ear­lier on Friday in Blackman Audi­to­rium, Boston City Coun­cilor Tito Jackson deliv­ered the keynote address at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Con­vo­ca­tion, one of the oldest events of its kind held on a col­lege campus, said Richard O’Bryant, director of the John D. O’Bryant African-​​American Insti­tute.

Jackson gave a call to action for atten­dees, many of them teens from local high schools and North­eastern undergraduates.

Young people — it’s your turn, it’s your shot to get up and stand up for your rights,” Jackson said, sharing his per­sonal story of lead­er­ship among black stu­dents, then the entire stu­dent body, that helped rede­fine poli­cies and life at the Uni­ver­sity of New Hampshire.

Among those accom­plish­ments was Jackson’s elec­tion as the first black stu­dent body pres­i­dent at UNH. “What’s sig­nif­i­cant was not that I was the first — it’s that there have been three more since,” he said. “It’s about passing that baton from one gen­er­a­tion to the next.”

North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun said that while Dr. King’s legacy is a cor­ner­stone of Amer­ican his­tory, his work had a global impact.

For many of you growing up in the United States, the mes­sage was about this great nation and what could be done,” Aoun said. “From out­side the United States, it was a uni­versal mes­sage of har­mony, peace, respect and jus­tice that many nations are still trying to accomplish.”

The spirit of ser­vice res­onating from Friday’s pro­grams car­ried through to Monday, when 300 North­eastern stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a day­long com­mu­nity ser­vice event on campus.

This uni­ver­sity — founded on the idea that edu­ca­tion should not just be for the elite — is rooted strongly on com­mu­nity ser­vice,” said John Tobin, Northeastern’s vice pres­i­dent for city and com­mu­nity affairs, at the start of the King Day of Ser­vice and Lead­er­ship. The annual event is orga­nized by the Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice and the Mass­a­chu­setts Promise Fellowship.

Throughout the day, stu­dents worked with 17 campus and com­mu­nity groups in lead­er­ship work­shops and ser­vice projects — including mural paining, book recording and seed planting — during the event held in the Curry Stu­dent Center.