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MLK Day Commemoration

MLK Celebration

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:
What are you doing for others?" -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


To commemorate and take action upon Dr. King’s vision for peace and justice, Stetson University’s Center for Community Engagement and Cross-Cultural Center are partnering with local organizations to host a series of events - both on- and off-campus - coinciding with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in mid-January. 

All events are open to students, faculty, and staff. Email cce@stetson.edu with questions. 

Saturday, January 14

MLK Gospel Choir

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
The Sanctuary Church in DeLand
401 E. Taylor Road

Sponsored by a collective of local religious organizations, this concert will feature a full community Gospel Choir, who will sing religious songs focusing on social justice and community empowerment - echoing the integration of religion and the civil rights movement during the 1960’s under the leadership of Dr. King. The event is free for Stetson students.

Sunday, January 15

DeLand Community Worship Service

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in DeLand
710 W. Cincinnati Avenue

Sponsored by a collective of local religious organizations, this nondenominational service will focus on themes related to social justice and community empowerment - echoing the integration of religion and the civil rights movement during the 1960’s under the leadership of Dr. King. The event is free for Stetson students.

Monday, January 16

MLK Annual Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Hollis Center
Rinker Fieldhouse

A tradition in Stetson and DeLand for decades, the MLK Annual Breakfast is the signature event of the week for the entire Stetson and Volusia County community - drawing more than 600 guests. The Breakfast features powerful performances and speakers from local churches, non-profit organizations, and civic groups who share their views on Dr. King’s legacy and the future of our community.

Tickets are required to attend, but Stetson students can obtain tickets for free by contacting Dr. Luis F. Paredes (Cross-Cultural Center, lparedes1@stetson.edu) or Kevin Winchell (Center for Community Engagement, kwinchel@stetson.edu) by Friday, January 13. Breakfast will be served. Cultural Credit event.

Note: Following the Breakfast, attendees will be able to participate in the annual MLK Civil Rights March from Stetson to Earl Brown Park.

Community Expo

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Earl Brown Park in DeLand
750 S. Alabama Avenue

Get free resources from local businesses and non-profits, find volunteer and internship opportunities, and enjoy family-friendly entertainment with other members of the DeLand community. The event is free for Stetson students.

Community Service Projects

12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Meet at the CCE parking lot to share a ride)

Join other students to make a difference in our local community on this Day of Service. Coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement, service projects will take place at:

  • Spring Hill Neighborhood - Environmental Clean-Up
  • Good Samaritan Society - Music Therapy Program

Sign up to volunteer!

Additional questions can be sent to Kevin Winchell at kwinchel@stetson.edu