MLK Events


MLK Events - At A Glance


MLK Commemorative Breakfast

January 2021

MLK Day of Service

January 2021

MLK Parade (FIU Contingency)

January 2021

Robert M. Coatie MLK Youth Forum & Peace Walk 

January 2021
MLK Dinner January 2021
MLK @ Frost Art Museum January 2021
Evening With McKnight Fellows January 2021
MLK @ The Frost Art Museum Opening Reception January 2021


Multicultural Programs and Services would like to thank everyone who supported the FIU-MLK Celebration events.

MLK Commemorative Breakfast

  • 2020 Dotson Family MLK Keynote Speaker

    Yusef Salaam

    On April 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life was brutally raped and left for dead in New York City’s Central Park. Five boys—four black and one Latino—were tried and convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. They became known collectively as “The Central Park Five.”
    Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending between seven (7) and thirteen (13) years of their lives behind bars. The unidentified DNA in the Central Park Jogger Case, unlinked to any of the five, had finally met its owner, a convicted murderer and serial rapist who confessed. The convictions of the boys, now men, were overturned and they were exonerated. One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was just 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever.

    Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system. In 2013, documentarians Ken and Sarah Burns released the documentary “The Central Park Five,” which told of this travesty from the perspective of Yusef and his cohorts.

    In 2014, The Central Park Five received a multi-million dollar settlement from the city of New York for its grievous injustice against them. Yusef was awarded an Honorary Doctorate that same year and received the President's Life Time Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama.
    He was appointed to the board of the Innocence Project in 2018, and has released a Netflix Feature limited series called “When They See Us” based on the true story of the “Central Park Five” with Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Dinero, in May of 2019.

MLK Day of Service

  • MLK Day of Service

    This event is a collaborative effort between the Center for Leadership and Service and Multicultural Programs & Services. Hundreds of FIU student volunteers are engaged in a one day project aimed at restoring and beautifying a targeted area in Miami-Dade County.

    MLK Day of Service is on January , 2021. For questions please contact the Center for Leadership and Service at (305) 919-5360 or (305) 348-6995.


FIU MLK Parade

  • FIU MLK Parade 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. FIorida International University 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.

Robert M. Coatie Youth Forum and Peace Walk

  • 2020 Keynote Speaker

    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. 

    Lisa Lee

    Veteran Entertainment TV Host “Lisa Lee” Arneaud is an acclaimed and well respected On Air Personality known nationally for her charisma, bold influence, and conversation style interviewing and hosting techniques . Her expertise stems from working in the worlds of TV & Radio Broadcasting, Education and Politics, for over 18 years. Marrying her love for working with teens and broadcasting, Lisa is currently entering her 9 th season as the host of School Duel, a premier high school academic game show. She
    also serves as the host of the international Caribbean cooking and adventure show, Taste the Islands.

    As a trained journalist, Lisa’s broad range of television experience includes serving as the 3 time NBA
    Champion, Miami Heat’s HEATV entertainment and in arena reporter. Her resume also includes being a reporter at CBS4, Local 10 News (WPLG), WIOD, as well as gracing the South Florida radio
    airwaves as a morning co host for various morning shows. As a freelance TV Host, Lisa’s clients also extend to NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning & NBA Great Dwyane Wade as their Summer Groove TV Host. Lisa has also worked professionally as a public school teacher and spokesperson for a charter school management company servicing over 100 schools nationwide. She currently serves as the community spokesperson for the State Attorneys Office in Broward County, Florida.

    A native of New York who was raised in Miami, Lisa currently lives in South Florida with her husband and their 3 children , who of course, are the true highlight of her life.

    Past Speakers 

    Program Details

MLK Peace Walk

  • MLK Youth Forum and 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. This event is free for FIU students.


MLK Dinner

  • MLK Dinner
    The MLK Commemorative Celebration Dinner/Discussion is sponsored by FIU-Black Student Union Council and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services and Residential Life. 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.

MLK @ FIU Museum Exhibit

  • MLK @ FIU Museum Exhibit
    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition Series at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum 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.

FIU Student Volunteer Opportunities



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