Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

UF will host a campus-wide celebration, including educational programs and service initiatives, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The purpose of the celebration is to empower the UF community to see its role in continuing the legacy of Dr. King and inspire everyone to use their strengths, passions and talents to better the lives of others and impact their local and global communities.

This year’s events include:

Jan. 10, 10 a.m.
MLK Opening Ceremony
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom

Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrating 50 years of African American Studies with the Power of Spoken Word
Harn Museum Auditorium

Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m.
A Conversation with Ron Stallworth
Reitz Union Rion Ballroom

Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Guest Lecture by Gladys Mitchel-Walthour
Ustler Hall

Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m.—1 p.m.
MLK Day of Service
Reitz Union Rion Ballroom

All MLK celebration events are open to UF students, faculty, staff and the Gainesville community. For more information, please see the Multicultural & Diversity Affairs website.