MLK Events - 2019


MLK Events - 2019


MLK @ The Frost Museum Exhibit

 January 2019 Frost Museum

MLK Commemorative Breakfast

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 8am Graham Center Bllrms

MLK Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 8am

MLK Parade (FIU Contingency)

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 8am

Robert M. Coatie MLK Youth Forum & Peace Walk 

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 10am Wolfe Center Bllrms
MLK @ The Frost Art Museum Opening Reception Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 5pm Frost Museum
MLK Dinner Thursday Jan. 24, 2019 7pm Graham Center Bllrms

2019 Theme: 'Honoring our Past, Empowering our Future'

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

MLK Commemorative Breakfast

The 2019 MLK Commemorative breakfast features keynote speaker To Be Announced. 

2019 Keynote Speaker and Program Details

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


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 21. For questions please contact the Center for Leadership and Service 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. 

2019 Keynote Speaker and Program Details

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 

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


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 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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