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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 Office of Diversity and Inclusion 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 13

The State of the Dream Address

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, Bethune-Cookman University
698 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

Sponsored by the Volusia MLK Planning Committee, this event will feature local civic leaders and change-makers who commemorate the legacy of Dr. King through direct action in our local communities. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of Sociology at Georgetown University who is the author of several books focusing on the intersections of civil rights, culture, race, and politics, including The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America (2016). Entry is free, but tickets are required. For more information, visit www.volusiamlk.com. 

Sunday, January 14

Countywide Community Praise and Worship Celebration

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The Sanctuary Church
401 E. Taylor Road, DeLand

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 and open to the public.

Monday, January 15

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 who share their views on Dr. King’s legacy and the future of our community. The keynote speaker for this year's Breakfast will be the Honorable Judge Hubert L. Grimes, President of Bethune-Cookman University. 

Tickets are required to attend, but Stetson students can obtain tickets for free by contacting 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 live entertainment, sports, and arts activities with other members of the DeLand community. The event is free and open to the public.

Volunteer Opportunities

Monday January 15, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the MLK Breakfast (Hollis Center Rinker Fieldhouse)

Volunteers are needed for setting up and checking guests into the Breakfast. If you are interested in volunteering, email Kevin Winchell at kwinchel@stetson.edu

Monday January 15, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at the MLK Community Expo (Earl Brown Park, DeLand)

Volunteers are needed for setting up booths and running entertainment, sports, and arts activities throughout the day. If you are interested in volunteering - or having your organization request a booth to host an activity - email Kevin Winchell at kwinchel@stetson.edu.