ABOUT

The University of Florida Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is in its seventh year of existence as a 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.

THEME

UF MLK Celebration is a campus-wide celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to Social Justice through educational programs, service based initiatives, and dialogues. What Mark Will You Leave?

INSPIRATION

Reflecting on the theme, the 2011 Steering Committee was inspired by the letter written by Coretta Scott King who wrote about the purpose of the Martin Luther King Holiday. The quote below has inspired the MLK Steering Committee to recognize that this holiday and the campus-wide celebration intersects all racial, religious and all identities within the University of Florida and global community. The quote and values stated in this letter will continue to serve all future MLK Steering Committees.
Letter from Coretta Scott King
“(The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday) is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood. Whether you are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or Asian-American, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther King, Jr. had for America. This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples' holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of his dream.” -Coretta Scott King

 

SPONSORS

The campus-wide celebration could not be a success without the collaboration efforts of all of our sponsors. Thank you to all of our sponsors who make this a successful event.

CONTACT

If you should have any questions about the UF MLK Celebration, please do not hesitate to reach out to the following:
Vee Smith
UF Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Chair
Director, Intercultural Engagement
P301 Peabody Hall
PO Box 114135
Gainesville, FL 32611-4135
Phone: (352) 392-1217
Fax: (352) 392-1213
Email: vees@multicultural.ufl.edu