January 20-31, 2014




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, student leaders, university departments and the City of Gainesville community 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 2014: Leave Your Mark 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?


How your organization/department can participate: Please share each of these events with your organization or staff members. If your organization or staff would like to participate in the Day of Service as a group, please have each individual sign-up with your specific organization or department name online at



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.

·        Sponsored by the Center for Leadership & Service, The Collier Companies, Target, Santa Fe College, and SAVANT Leadership Honorary (SAVANT)

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.

·        Sponsored by the MLK Commission of Florida, Inc.

Tuesday, January 21

Keynote Speaker: An Evening with TJ Holmes 

“50 Years Forward”

9:00pm; Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom


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.

·        Sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Organization, Provost and Senior Vice President’s Office, Student Government, Institute of Black Culture, and College of Journalism and Communications


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

·        Sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and African American Studies Department


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.

·        Sponsored by the President’s Council on Diversity

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.

·        Sponsored by Pride Student Union and Student Government

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 24

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.