MLK Events - 2018

Mlk Day of Service


MLK Events - 2018


MLK @ The Frost Museum Exhibit

 January 18 - March 18, 2018 Frost Museum

MLK Commemorative Breakfast

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018  8am Graham Center Bllrms

MLK Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018  8am

MLK Parade (FIU Contingency)

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018  8am

Robert M. Coatie MLK Youth Forum & Peace Walk 

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 10am Wolfe Center Bllrms
MLK Dinner Wednesday Jan. 17, 2018 7pm Graham Center Bllrms
MLK @ The Frost Art Museum Opening Reception   Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 5pm Frost Museum

MLK Evening with the SAS Graduate Fellows

Monday Jan. 22, 2018 5pm Graham Center 243

2018 Theme: 'Our Unity is Our Strength'

Multicultural Programs and Services would like to thank everyone who supported the 2018 FIU-MLK Celebration events.

Below are the Program Details and more information on the 2018 FIU-MLK Celebration events.


MLK Commemorative Breakfast

The 2018 MLK Commemorative breakfast features keynote speaker Valarie Kaur, a social justice activist. 

2018 Keynote Speaker and Program Details


Valarie Kaur is a social justice activist who leads campaigns for civil and human rights. Kaur was born and raised in California´s Central Valley where her family settled as Sikh farmers a century ago. When a Sikh family friend was the first person murdered in a hate crime after 9/11, she made her first film on hate violence in America. Since then, her story-based advocacy has helped win policy change on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom. In order to equip a new generation of advocates, she founded Groundswell Movement, America’s largest multi faith online organizing community of 300,000 known for “dynamically strengthening faith-based organizing in the 21st century.” She also founded the Yale Visual Law Project and co-founded Faithful Internet. During her work, whether inside supermax prisons, on the military base at Guantanamo, or at sites of mass shootings, she identified a surprising key element for social change: the ethic of love. Today she leads the Revolutionary Love Project to champion love as a wellspring for social action. Kaur earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School. She is a member of the California Bar. She lives in Los Angeles with her film partner and husband Sharat Raju and son Kavi. She believes: “The way we make change is just as important as the change we make.”

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 15. For questions please contact Peter Melnik at (305) 919-5360 or (305) 348-6995.

Robert M. Coatie Youth Forum and Peace Walk

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. 

2018 Keynote Speaker and Program Details

Tonya Rapley

Tonya Rapley is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and creator of the award winning site, My Fab Finance. In 2014 she was deemed the “New Face of Wealth Building” by Black Enterprise Magazine and featured as their cover subject.  Tonya’s mission is to help millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can become financially free and do more of what they love. She is the host and executive producer of the web-series Fab Finance with Tonya for Centric and the creator of the #BanishTheBalance challenge, a debt elimination challenge that helped over 4,000 participants pay off more than $200,000 of debt in sixty days. Selected by TV One as a modern day history maker, Tonya is a full-time entrepreneur and tours the country providing workshops for private and nonprofit clients. Her client list includes Fidelity Investments, Prudential, the National Endowment for Financial Education and FinCon ( the financial bloggers conference). A career “change-agent” since 2010, Tonya uses her own story and experiences to empower women and girls of all ages with tools to change their lives. Tonya is also the co-founder and CFO of a Chicago based FinTech app, FOAM, that is changing the way students experience and pay for college. She is a Charlotte, North Carolina native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Masters in Urban Policy Administration from Brooklyn College. 

Past Speakers 

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.

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. This is an invitation only event.


MLK @ FIU Museum Exhibit

Dawoud Bey

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.


In 2013, fifty years after the infamous attack on the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church and the ensuing violence throughout the city of Birmingham, Dawoud Bey made his first of what would be multiple visits to the city to create a project commemorating the children who were killed or injured. Over the course of the next seven years, Bey developed The Birmingham Project—a series of vibrant and poignant portraits of current residents who represent the ages of the victims when they died, as well as the ages they would have been if they were still alive. The Birmingham Project required the participation of many who lived through the bombing as well as those for whom its historical significance marks their city as a place where the Civil Rights movement gained immediate urgency.
The exhibition is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition Series, which 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.
This exhibition was sponsored by the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Communication, Architecture + The Arts, Alumni Relations, and Multicultural Programs and Services.

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.



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