Many events at UF, SFC honor King's memory

Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 5:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 5:24 p.m.

Events at the University of Florida and at Santa Fe College honoring Martin Luther King Jr. kick off Monday, including a candlelight vigil and volunteer opportunities for UF and SFC students.


Other events in honor of MLK

-- The D.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y. workshop, hosted by professional speaker Stan Pearson, teaches people how to excel in communication, leadership and self-esteem. Pearson promises to explain how to survive change, create culture and unite the divide. The workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Reitz Union grand ballroom at UF.
-- The Campus Ministry Cooperative in the Division of Student Affairs is hosting a religious involvement opportunities fair to introduce students, faculty and staff to ways to become involved with faith communities in the area. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Reitz Student Union Colonnade at UF.
-- A screening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedication speech presented by Barack Obama will be shown at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Institute of Black Culture at UF.
-- UF undergraduate or graduate students are invited to bus to Atlanta to visit the King Center, which serves as a museum, library and memorial. Space is limited, and the $25 registration fee is due by noon on Jan. 19 in 301 Peabody Hall. Students will leave from the Reitz Union bus stop at 7 a.m. on Saturday and return around midnight.
-- UF students can sit in on a panel discussion while experts discuss how to leave a legacy through involvement in student organizations and other leadership opportunities. The panel begins at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 24 in room 284 in the Reitz Union at UF.
-- “Miss Representation,” a documentary about little-known women in positions of power and influence in America, will be screen at 8 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Reitz Union Auditorium at UF.
-- The Center for Leadership and Service is hosting a performance event and art show featuring work that heightens awareness of the issue of poverty. Each performance or art piece aims to address what poverty, wealth or economic inequality look like. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Reitz Union Orange & Brew at UF.

Perhaps the most anticipated event is Danny Glover's appearance at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25. Glover, best known for his acting, now serves as a UNICEF ambassador after seven years as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program. Glover's focus is on poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and he was awarded a 2011 Pioneer Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.

At 8:15 Monday morning, UF and Santa Fe college students can meet at the Plaza of Americas on the UF campus to check in for a day of community service, complete with breakfast.

Margaret Block, a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee that led sit-ins across the South in protest of 1960s Jim Crow laws, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Ustler Hall Atrium at UF. Block was recently awarded the “Freedom Spirit of the Flame” award by the Freedom Foundation for her attempts to register voters, protest racial injustices and promote change in the South.

A candlelight vigil will be held on Friday to celebrate Dr. King and his contributions to the civil rights movement.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Reitz Union Amphitheatre at UF with a re-enactment of King's “I Have A Dream” speech.

UF professors Sharon Austin, Faye Harrison, Zoharah Simmons and Marilyn Thomas-Houston will form a Women in the Civil Rights Movement panel to discuss the role of female activists during the modern civil rights movement.

The panel begins at noon on Friday in the Ustler Hall Atrium at UF.

Directors for the Institute of Black Culture, Institute of Hispanic Latino Cultures, LGBT Affairs and Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs will discuss the effects of civil rights leaders on current UF students.

Participants will investigate past civil rights movements that took place at UF.

The event begins at 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 30 in the Broward Hall Basement at UF.

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