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.
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.
Martin with Malcolm – Exploring Social Justice through Multiple Lenses
All MLK Celebration Events are open to UF students, faculty, staff and the Gainesville community.
January 12 – MLK Celebration: Opening Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil
Candlelight Vigil begins at 6 p.m. at the Institute of Black Culture and ends with the Opening Ceremony in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Rion Ballroom
Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Nashrah Ahmed are the keynote speakers.
January 16 – MLK Day of Service
Sponsored by the David and Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service, the MLK Day of Service will meet in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Rion Ballroom at 8 a.m. Participants will leave for sites by 9 a.m. Learn more at http://www.leadershipandservice.ufl.edu/programs/days_of_service/mlk_day_of_service/
January 17 – MLK Lecture featuring Dr. Ibram Kendi will be at 6 p.m. in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. Student speaker Ebony Love will also present.
January 20 – 1510: Remembering the Legacy of the IBC will be at 6 p.m. Location TBD.
January 23 – MCDA Educational Forum co-sponsored with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Teaching for Social Justice will take place at 6 p.m. at the Arrendondo Cafe. The event will feature a showing of the America Divided film a Class Divide – The Battle to Fix Inequality in Education with Jesse Williams. In the film, Jesse journeys to the Gulf Coast town of St. Petersburg, Florida, once known for its beaches and pleasant weather, but now notorious for being the unlikely epicenter of the student achievement gap and school-to- prison pipeline. Williams investigates how resegregation has led to a massive educational and criminal justice divide for the students — and witnesses the community’s efforts to confront the school system and heal the divide.
January 25 – The Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative (CMC) and UF’s Department of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs (MCDA) will be sponsoring “FAITH IN DIVERSITY”, a progressive dinner celebrating the legacy of MLK. What is a progressive dinner? It is a multiple-location meal, and this one is a walking tour of religious centers on University Ave with each stop serving a portion of the meal. The food is free! This will be held January 25 from 6- to 9 p.m. With this event we would like to highlight the roles our individual faith traditions either directly played in advancing civil rights, or principles which our faith’s espouse that encourage pluralism, equality and tolerance.
January 28 – La Despedida – Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures (La Casita) Farewell will take place at Noon at La Casita.