January 14, 2015 10:45 am


January is the celebration of the life of Dr. King On Jan. 19, UF encourages students, faculty and staff to spend the “day on, not the day off” by participating in the MLK Day of Service and volunteering to do service in the community. Opportunities can be found at After the service project, the Gainesville Annual Commemorative March will begin at the MLK Memorial Gardens at 1 p.m.

On Jan. 21, Tessa Thompson lead actress in the film Dear White People, will deliver a keynote address on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Auditorium as part of the UF MLK Celebration. The theme for the event is ” MLK’s Legacy: The Voice of Women.”

A diversity training program, Diversity in Action, will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Ustler Hall atrium. This skills-based training session will provide students opportunities to improve their dialogue skills, practice empathy and active listening, and provide a space for students to create action plans to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.

Finally, on Jan. 27, writer Mia McKenzie will speak. McKenzie is best known for her award-winning novel, “The Summer We Got Free.” It starts at 6 p.m. in the Ustler Hall atrium. To learn more about all the events associated with the MLK Celebration, go to