MLK Events

The Office of Social Justice and Inclusion would like to thank everyone who supports the FIU-MLK Celebration events.

MLK Events at a glance

MLK Commemorative Breakfast

January 13, 2023

 8 am

GC-Ballrooms

MLK Day of Service

January 14, 2023

Projects & Locations TBA

MLK Parade - FIU Contingency 

January 16, 2023

 8 am

MMC - Parking Lot 5

MLK-Robert M. Coatie Youth Forum 

MLK Peace Walk 

January 18, 2023

 10 am

WUC-Ballrooms

MLK-Black Student Union Dinner

January 19, 2023

7 pm 

 

MLK @ The Frost Art Museum Opening Reception

January 25, 2023

 4 pm

 The Frost Art Museum

MLK @ The Frost Art Museum Exhibit

Jan. - April 2023

Frost Museum

MLK Commemorative Celebration

Florida International University values and honors the late great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts in fighting for Civil Rights. For the past 30+ years The Office of Social Justice and Inclusion and the MLK Commemorative planning committee have proudly brought world renowned Civil Rights Activists and Educators to speak at FIU.

FIU-MLK Day of Service

This event is a collaborative effort between the Center for Leadership and Service and the Office of Social Justice and Inclusion. Hundreds of FIU student volunteers are engaged in a one day project aimed at restoring and beautifying a targeted area in Miami-Dade County. Past Project Options included: Off campus at Deering Estate - Beach Cleanup - Off campus at Lotus House - addressing how we can support homelessness in women in children. Assisting operation team in cleaning, organizing, meal prep and serving food. On-campus at MMC - Operation Gratitude - supporting our first responders, veterans, deployed troops, and wounded heroes by showing we care. Crafting paracord bracelets and letters to be added to care packages. MLK Day of Service will be held on January 14, 2023. For more information please contact the Office of Social Justice and Inclusion at 305-348-2436.

MLK Parade - FIU Contingency

Florida International University is committed to the ideas of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and we reach out to the local South Florida community in many ways. One of the most rewarding ways is by participating in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade that is held on 54th street annually. FIU has been a long time participant in the parade, and our contingency has grown to be one of the largest in the parade, with participation from our students, athletes, faculty, staff and administration. This event is free for FIU students, staff, alumni and administration.

jefferson noel

2022 Robert M. Coatie MLK Youth Forum Keynote Speaker

Mr. Jefferson Noel, Author & Professor at Florida Memorial University 

Robert M. Coatie Youth Forum

The MLK-Robert M. Coatie Youth Forum will be hosted on January 18, 2023 at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus.  The Robert M. Coatie Youth Forum follows in the spirit of the MLK Commemorative Breakfast. While the focus is to target middle and high school students, the dedication is at the same level in bringing renowned speakers to inspire these youths to not only achieve their best, but to follow the ideals of Dr. King in their everyday lives.  

Past Robert M. Coatie Youth Forum Keynote Speakers

FIU MLK Peace Walk

The MLK Peace Walk is a companion event to the MLK Youth Forum, and occurs right after that event. The Peace Walk is the vision of Kimberly Atchinson, a former employee of the Office of International Students and Scholars Services, in response to the Columbine Shootings. The Peace Walk is a reflective walk by Biscayne Bay to promote the idea of worldwide peace.

FIU BSU MLK Dinner

The MLK Commemorative Celebration Dinner/Discussion is sponsored by FIU-Black Student Union Council and co-sponsored by the the Office of Social Justice and Inclusion. The dinner is preceded by a discussion which centers around the type of impact college students can have on younger students as well as discussions on making an impact politically that could improve local neighborhoods, the state and the nation.  The 2023 FIU Black Student Union's MLK Dinner will be held on January 19, 2023.

MLK @ The Frost - Disrupting Anti-Blackness

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition Series at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum addressed issues of race, diversity, social justice, civil rights, and humanity to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and to enrich our community with new perspectives. The 2022 exhibition was entitled Disrupting Anti-Blackness. The list of featured artists in the exhibition includes Mel Chin, Patrick Martinez, Woosler Delisfort, Rhea Leonard, Vanessa Charlot, Hank Willis Thomas, Amberly Ellis, and Victor Ekpuk. Disrupting Anti-Blackness has been organized for the Frost Art Museum by FIU Professors Andrea Queeley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology and Valerie Patterson, Ph.D., Director, African and African Diaspora Studies and Clinical Professor, Public Policy and Administration. This exhibition is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition Series, which addresses issues of race, diversity, social justice, civil rights, and humanity to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and to enrich our community with new perspectives. We are grateful to Florida International University’s College of Law and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies for making this exhibition possible.

FIU-MLK Student Volunteer Opportunities

All FIU students can volunteer for any of the FIU MLK events that you are interested in, by emailing us at osji@fiu.edu

Please include your contact number and the event(s) you are interested in volunteering for.