Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration

Our 32nd Annual Celebration

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On January 13, 2023, Florida International University’s Office of Social Justice and Inclusion will host our 32nd Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Breakfast—to honor one of the world’s most renowned leaders.

Today, the MLK Commemorative Celebration, the university’s premier event, is a world-class community celebration attracting local dignitaries and students from various schools to pay homage to Dr. King’s life and legacy.

Over the past 30+ years, FIU’s MLK Commemorative Celebration evolved from a single event to a month-long series of festivities; including the Youth Forum & Peace Walk, Day of Service, MLK at the Frost Museum Exhibit, the Black Student Union's MLK Dinner, and FIU's Contingency at the MLK Day Parade held in Liberty City, Miami.

This annual commemoration is possible thanks to the support of sponsors, donors, various departments, colleges within FIU, and the dedicated MLK committee that plans the event ten months in advance. 

2023 Dotson Family MLK Keynote Speaker

Ilyasah Shabazz

Daughter of Malcolm X, Professor & Author

Ilyasah Shabazz is an award-winning author, educator and producer. She has authored five books and has served as project advisor for the PBS award-winning documentary, Prince Among Slaves. She is Co-Chairperson of the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. In her work to preserve the legacy of her parents, she has dedicated herself to institution building and intergenerational leadership development with the tenants of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Ms. Shabazz is a member of the Soar Higher Cabinet Committee for New Paltz College; a member of the Advisory Council for the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition; a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and she serves as a Trustee for the Harlem Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Shabazz holds a Master of Science in Education & Human Resource Development from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from New Paltz College. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where she teaches Perspectives on Justice in the Africana World. Grounded in the commitments of her parents, Ms. Shabazz emphasizes empowerment and inclusion in her teaching and scholarship.




Donate to the FIU MLK Fund!

Use this link to donate to the FIU's MLK Commemorative Celebration. Donations to the FIU MLK Foundation Account will support any expenses related to hosting MLK Commemorative Celebration events and providing MLK scholarships to the students.

Sponsors and donors

A special thank you to our sponsors and their continued support for the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration.

2023 Sponsors

  • African and African Diaspora Studies
  • Alumni Relations
  • College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE)
  • College of Business
  • College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA)
  • College of Engineering & Computing
  • Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • College of Law
  • Honors College
  • Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
  • Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
  • Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
  • Student Government Association

2023 Donors

  • Barnes & Noble at FIU
  • Chartwells
  • University Credit Union