The University of Florida Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is an annual campus-wide committee under the direction of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs. The campus-wide celebration brings together many student organizations and university departments to make the celebration a success.

Our 2018 theme is: “Building a Beloved Community through Advocacy and Justice”


The purpose of the celebration is to empower the University of Florida community to see their role in continuing the legacy of Dr. King, and inspire them to use their strengths, passions, and talents to better the lives of others and impact their local and global community.


January 11th- MLK March and Kick Off– 6:30 pm – Reitz Union Amphitheater

January 12th- Film Friday: Tongues Untied– 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – 2200 Reitz Union, Hosted by LGBTQ Affairs

January 15th- MLK Day of Service – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm- Reitz Union Rion Ballroom, Hosted by the Brown Center for Leadership and Service

January 19th- Moment to Movement Workshop– 6:00 pm-  Pugh Ocora Room, Hosted by the Hispanic Student Association

January 23rd- MLK Keynote Speaker– 7:00pm- Reitz Union Rion Ballroom, Hosted by the Black Graduate Student Association

January 24th- Campus Multi-Faith Progressive Dinner- 6:00 pm- UF Hillel, Hosted by the Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative

January 25th- Advocacy In Action Panel– 4:30 pm- Ustler Hall Auditorium, Hosted by the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations

The 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death– 6:00pm- Pugh Ocora Room, Hosted by the African American Studies Program

January 26-27th – Social Justice Summit– Reitz Union, Hosted by the College of Education and the Counseling and Wellness Center

January 28th- Black History Month Opening Ceremony – 6:00 pm- Reitz Union Rion Ballroom, Hosted by the Black Student Union


January 11th- MLK March and Kick Off

MLK Celebration 2018 is proud to invite our campus and community partners to kickoff a month-long of events celebrating MLK’s legacy with a march from the Reitz Union Amphitheater to Ustler Hall. Participants will march by recreations of famous scenes from civil rights movements and will get a chance to reflect on these experiences at Ustler Hall over refreshments. We will proudly host UF President Dr. Kent Fuchs to give welcoming remarks.

January 12th- Film Friday: Tongues Untied

Marlon Riggs’ essay film Tongues United gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization. It broke new artistic ground by mixing poetry (by Essex Hemphill and other artists), music, performance and Riggs’ autobiographical revelations. The film was embraced by black gay audiences for its authentic representation of style, and culture, as well its fierce response to oppression. It opened up opportunities for dialogue among and across communities.

Tongues Untied has been lauded by critics for its vision and its bold aesthetic advances, and vilified by anti-gay forces who used it to condemn government funding of the arts. It was even denounced from the floor of Congress.

“Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act” is the rallying cry at the film’s end and after more than 20 years, Tongues United remains a celebrated vehicle for eloquent self-expression and liberation.January 15th- MLK Day of Service

Make it a day on, not a day off! On January 15th come out and participate in a day of community service and give back to the local Gainesville community. Join several hundred volunteers for a day of reflection and service! Partner with a wide variety of non-profits to hear about their service opportunities and the social issue they are facing and how you can help.

If you have questions, feel free to email Alex Gibbs (alexg@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu).



January 19th- Moment to Movement Workshop

Are you ready to go from a moment to a movement? This interactive workshop will allow participants to better understand Dr. King’s six principles of nonviolent action; explore concepts of poverty, racism and militarism; engage in meaningful dialogue around create a just campus community.


January 23rd- MLK Keynote Speaker– 7:00pm- Reitz Union Rion Ballroom, Hosted by the Black Graduate Student Association

January 24th- Campus Multi-Faith Progressive Dinner-6:00 pm- UF Hillel, Hosted by the Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative

January 25th- Advocacy In Action Panel

During this panel, participants will hear from community leaders from various generations and learn more about their strategies for social movements, and how different generations have carried out Dr. King’s vision for a Beloved Community through their work.

The 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death

Dr. Gerald Smith will speak in the Ocora of Pugh Hall on Thursday January 25, 2018 at 6pm.  This lecture will be held to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the year of the 50th Anniversary of his death.  Dr. Smith is a full professor of history and is a former holder of both  the Theodore A. Hallam Professorship and  the  Martin Luther King Center Scholar-in Residence at the University of Kentucky. From 1997-2005, he served as the director of the African American Studies and Research Program at UK.  This lecture is sponsored by the African American Studies Program and is co-sponsored by the Bob S. Graham Center for Public Service, the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, and the Samuel C. Proctor Oral History Program.

January 26-27th – Social Justice Summit

Join us for the second biennial summit to cultivate interdisciplinary and cross-cultural interactions in order to create a society that is equitable and inclusive where all members can be physically and psychologically safe. Let’s make a difference together For the Gator Good.

For more information and to register, visit:  https://education.ufl.edu/socialjusticesummit/


January 28th- Black History Month Opening Ceremony