MLK Events


MLK Events - At A Glance


MLK Commemorative Breakfast

Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 8:00 AM Graham Center Ballrooms

FIU-MLK Day of Service


MLK Parade (FIU Contingency)

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 8:00 AM

Robert M. Coatie MLK Youth Forum & Peace Walk 

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 10:00 AM Wolfe Center Ballroom
MLK Dinner Thursday Jan. 23, 2020 7:00 PM Graham Center 243
MLK @ The Frost Art Museum Opening Reception
Evening with McKnight Fellows


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

MLK Commemorative Breakfast

  • 2019 Keynote Speaker

    Mr. Donovan Livingston  

    DONOVAN LIVINGSTON is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker.  In 2016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views and prompting Hillary Clinton to praise, “It’s young graduates like [Livingston] who make it clear that America’s best days are still ahead.” Since his pivotal speech, Livingston has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. His convocation address was published as a book by Spiegel & Grau in 2017.

    A believer in the enormous opportunities that education provides, Livingston inspires students, educators, and communities with his conviction that every child has the right to “lift off” and achieve their dreams. Drawing on personal experiences as well as scholarship, Livingston examines the legacy of social inequalities in America’s school system and encourages educational reform as a means to greater change.

    Livingston has earned master’s degrees from Columbia University and Harvard University, and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

    For more information on this Speaker please 

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 19, 2019. 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

  • 2019 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. 

    2019 Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Yvette Holmes

    Dr. Yvette Holmes is a Marketing professional who has distinguished herself as an innovative researcher, a contributing member of the business community, and an accomplished teacher and mentor. A Houston native, Dr. Yvette obtained her undergraduate degree and MBA from Florida A&M University before earning her PhD from Florida State University.

    As a Professor, Dr. Yvette mentors aspiring professionals while generating research and insight that have a global impact.  As such, she has a forthcoming book on business education outlining the fundamental concepts of business in eight short days. Dr. Yvette was nominated as an up-and-coming, under 40, minority “Emerging Scholar” who is making a mark in academia. She has also been recognized as a “Rock Star” in Tallahassee’s Women Who Mean Business initiative because of her profound impact and solid academic pedigree. Among other distinctions, Dr. Yvette is privileged to be named a “Top 35 Millennial Influencer of America” because of her exceptional career foundation, designations, and involvement in the community. As a top business woman and community supporter, Dr. Yvette has been featured in Voyage Miami Magazine and highlighted as a part of Giving Tuesday’s international “Women Who Give” series, which celebrates women around the world who are making a difference in their communities. As one of South Florida’s “40 Under 40: Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow”, a premier honor of achievement, Dr. Holmes is well-regarded.

    Past Speakers 

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 brain child 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.


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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 an 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



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