ABOUT

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.

PURPOSE

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

EVENTS

January 15th, 12 PM – 1:30 PM, MLK Opening Ceremony

Featured Keynote Speaker, Dr. Myles Moody, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Alabama, will give a talk titled, “Where Do We Go From Here: Racism, Public Health and Affordable Health Care”.
Sponsored by the African American Studies Program and CLAS.

Dr. Myles Moody

Since W.E.B. Du Bois’ analysis of Black American life in the late 19th century, we have known that racial inequities in health are primarily socially determined. Social scientists and activists have all agreed that racism has largely driven the disparate health outcomes for groups along racial and ethnic lines. Although having access to a decent quality of life should be a basic human right, little progress has been made in eradicating these disparities. In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King had recognized residential segregation, unfair treatment by the healthcare system, and racism-related stress are three key factors that continue to contribute to this social issue. This talk examines how Black Americans and other minorities address health disparities.