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Monday, January 20
MLK Day of Service
8:15am; Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom
Participants may register online at Registration is completed individually, although they can indicate the same group name to be matched at the same service site.
King Celebration Annual Commemorative March
1:00pm; Bo Diddley Plaza [MAP]
Join the University of Florida UF MLK Celebration in participating in a long-standing tradition for the MLK Commission of Florida, Inc. during the Annual King Celebration Commemorative March, starting at Bo Diddley Plaza in Downtown Gainesville to the MLK Multipurpose Center on Waldo Road. Students, faculty and staff can catch a FREE Shuttle behind Emerson Hall on the corner of NW 20th Street & NW 1st Avenue (last van departs at 12:30pm). The shuttle will provide transportation to Bo Diddley Plaza and take you back to Emerson immediately following the march.
Tuesday, January 21
Keynote Speaker: An Evening with TJ Holmes 

“50 Years Forward”
6:30pm Doors Open, 9:00pm Keynote Speaker; Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom
The Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) present this year’s Keynote Speaker, TJ Holmes. Representing Something Greater Than Yourself: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement (Which took place in St. Augustine, Florida in 1963–1964) and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education (which paved the way for integration in public schools); Mr. T. J. Holmes will be speaking on “Representing Something Greater Than Yourself”. He takes pride in knowing the importance of everyone remembering that they are always representing something greater than themselves.  It's important for everyone to do this, not just people in public life.  Whether it's your neighborhood, city, state, parents, university, or employer, how you carry yourself leaves an impression. Holmes teaches audiences on how being an advocate and a representative of things that are vital to them will lead them down a path towards success.
About T. J. Holmes
T.J. Holmes is an award-winning journalist and national television personality.Holmes first gained national prominence as a news anchor and correspondent at CNN.  He spent five years as anchor of CNN Saturday and Sunday Morning.  Holmes recently anchored coverage of the George Zimmerman trial as a contributor for HLN. While at CNN, Holmes also reported from the scene of numerous breaking news events, including Joplin, MO, which was devastated by multiple tornadoes in May of 2011; New Orleans during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010; and, Blacksburg, Virginia immediately after the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech
Thursday, January 23
Author David Garrow: The Political Evolution of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

6:00pm; Pugh Hall Ocora
Pulitzer Prize winning author David J. Garrow will speak on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. Garrow has written extensively on the civil rights movement. His book Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. The event is free and open the public and will be streamed live at
Friday, January 24
Fostering Campus Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion

w/ Dr. Damon Williams, former Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison              
10:30am; Reitz Union, Rion Ballroom
The UF President’s Council on Diversity will welcome Damon Williams—a nationally recognized figure in diversity, leadership and organizational change—to campus.  The former vice provost and chief diversity officer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Williams is the author of Strategic Diversity Leadership and The Chief Diversity Officer.
Various Religious Observances 
The Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative member organizations will hold services during the following times:
  • UF Hillel Jewish Student Center Shabbat Services (Reform, Conservative, and Traditional): 7:30 pm followed by Kosher Dinner: 8:30pm (2020 W. University Ave.)
  • Lubavitch/Chabad Jewish Center Shabbat Service & Dinner: 7:30pm (2021 NW 5th Ave)
Saturday, January 25|
The Forum Project: Theatre of the Oppressed

10:00am-1:00pm; Smather’s Library 1A
The Forum Project (TFP) offers creative opportunities for individuals and communities to deconstruct and dialogue about the oppressions we face and to develop creative tactics for liberation. We work through Theatre of the Oppressed, critical pedagogy and other creative techniques to engage people to explore and understand the world, their communities and their lives. Registration will be requested from students/student leaders to attend. Attendance will be limited.
Various Religious Observances
The Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative member organizations will hold services during the following times:
  • St. Augustine Catholic Church: 5:30pm Vigil (1738 W. University Ave)
Sunday, January 26
Various Religious Observances

The Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative member organizations will hold services during the following times:
  • Trinity Metropolitan Community Church: 10:15am (11604 SW Archer Rd)
  • St. Augustine Catholic Church: 9:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm (Spanish), 5:30pm, 7:30pm (1738 W. University Ave)
  • Episcopal Chapel of the Incarnation: 5:30pm (1522 W. University Ave)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 11:00am (4225 NW 34th St)
  • Gator Wesley: 11:00am (1380 W. University Ave)
  • University Lutheran Church and Campus Center: 10:25am (1826 W. University Ave)
  • United Church of Christ: 9:30am, 11:30am (1624 NW 5th Ave)
  • Emmanuel Mennonite Church: 11:00am (1236 NW 18th Ave)
  • University City Church of Christ: 10:20am (4626 NW 8th Ave)
  • Religious Society of Friends: 11:00am (702 NW 38th St)
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 10:00am (1220 SW 5th Ave.)
Wednesday, January 29
MLK Campus Climate Summit

6:00pm; Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom
The university community will come together to discuss and develop skills that address ways to detect, prevent and correct overt and more subtle forms of harassment, racism and discrimination. Join us as we provide the space and the platform to promote opportunities to increase understanding through formal dialogue and education towards developing a plan of action to create a healthy campus climate for the University of Florida at all levels.
Wednesday, January 15
“Trouble the Water” Symposium
2:30pm; Ustler Hall
Producer and filmmaker Tia Lessin will lead a panel on “Trouble the Water” as discussant. The panel will feature as speakers Professor Sharon Austin, director of UF’s African American Studies program, Professor Barbara Mennel from UF’s English Department, and Professor Churchill Roberts of UF’s Journalism College. The panel will be moderated by Professor Judith Page, Director of UF’s Center For Women’s Studies.
Film Screening: Trouble the Water (2008)
6:00pm; MacKay Auditorium at Pugh Hall
A public screening of the film, “Trouble the Water,” will take place in the MacKay Auditorium at Pugh Hall at 6:00 p.m. Following the movie, she will answer questions about the film’s creation and production, as well as the social impacts of Katrina in New Orleans and throughout the Southeast. The event will be followed by a reception. Extra credit sheets will be available for students in participating classes to sign in. Parking is free. The trailer for “Trouble the Water” is available on YouTube from Zeitgeist films:

The trailer for “Trouble the Water” is available on YouTube from Zeitgeist films:

Tia Lessin is the director and producer, with Carl Deal, of “Citizen Koch.” She directed and produced “Behind the Labels” and co-produced several of Michael Moore’s films, including “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” and she was the supervising producer of Academy Award-winning, “Bowling for Columbine.” Her documentary films have been screened at the Sundance & Full Frame film festivals. She won the Women of Worth Vision Award by L’Oréal Paris and Women in Film and was a fellow for the Open Society Institute, where she was honored as a Katrina Media Fellow for her work supporting the coverage of race and class issues in America.
For more information about this event or the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, please call 352-392-7168 or visit