Florida State University will honor the legacy of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting its 29th Annual MLK Week beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Saturday, Jan. 21. The weeklong celebration will include events inspired by the theme “Unfolding The Dream.”
The goal of the week is to bring the Tallahassee community together to reflect on the past and challenge one another to be engaged in creating social justice and advocating for the civil rights of all.
Headlining the week is “An Evening with Marc Lamont Hill” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.17, at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Hill is an anthropologist of education who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a leading intellectual voice in the country. He is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN.
The event, sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Golden Tribe Lecture Series is free and open to the public, but priority admission will be given to Florida State students with a valid I.D. Doors open at 6 p.m.
All other events unless otherwise noted are free and open to the public:
Monday, Jan. 16
Martin Luther King Jr. “Dare to Dream” Festival, 12 – 4 p.m., Cascades Park
The event will follow the annual Martin Luther King Jr., memorial march in Tallahassee. The festival gathers the community in fellowship while celebrating the life and legacy of the civil rights movement leader and peace activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is a way to celebrate his dream and inspire others to pursue their own dreams.
Hosted by the Martin Luther King Dare to Dream Association Inc., Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority, Cumulus Broadcasting, the City of Tallahassee and CRA.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
MLK Dinner Dialogue
Will provide students, faculty, staff and Tallahassee community members the opportunity to interact with Marc Lamont Hill, the 2017 MLK Celebration keynote speaker. Students, faculty, staff and community members will share a meal and dialogue with each other. Due to high demand, online registration is required. To register, click here.
Hosted by Seminole Torchbearers and the Center for Leadership & Social Change.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
Market Wednesday MLK Week Celebration, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oglesby Student Union
MLK Week continues to Unfold the Dream at Market Wednesday through an interactive quest! There will be several stations, each of which will involve specific activities such as a trivia wheel and social media check-in. Participation can be completed as a RSO or as an individual. The event also will feature a DJ and special performances from various student organizations.
Hosted by the MLK Week Celebration Committee & SOAR Board.
The Untold Story: Re-Envisioning the Chapters of Our Past, 6:30 p.m., Oglesby Union Ballrooms
Hosted by the six Student Government Association agencies, “The Untold Story: Re-Envisioning the Chapters of Our Past” is an artistic showcase with a variety of multisensory experiences in the forms of music, spoken word, visual art, film, dance and other creative expressions. The artistic pieces will focus on re-envisioning events and people surrounding the social movements of our past and how they relate to issues our respective communities face today. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Hosted by the Student Government Association agencies.
Thursday, Jan. 19
MLK High School Scholars
The Center for Leadership & Social Change welcomes Leon County high school students to be recognized as “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars.” Selected students from Leon County high schools will join facilitators from FSU, FAMU and TCC for a half day full of dialogue and sharing of experiences.
Hosted by the Florida State University Police Department and the Center for Leadership & Social Change.
Community Policing, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Globe Auditorium
Join the FSU Police Department and local law enforcement leaders for an interactive and fun workshop on how to positively engage with law enforcement officers and to learn about community policing.
Hosted by the Florida State University Police Department.
MLK Block Party, 2 – 4 p.m., Courtyard Commons
The MLK Block Party features snacks, games and opportunities for you to learn about resources available to the FSU community. The Conversation Couch, hosted by Project Conversation, will also be there to discuss current events.
Hosted by the Center for Leadership & Social Change, Center for Global Engagement, Askew Student Life Center and University Housing.
Thursday, Jan. 19 – Saturday, Jan. 21
“Loving,” Student Life Cinema at the Askew Student Life Center (Admission is FREE for all)
The film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Screenings are at 7:15 and 10:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 and 7:15 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.
Hosted by the MLK Week Celebration Committee and the Student Life Cinema.
For more information, visit http://sga.fsu.edu/mlk_week.shtml.