Below is information regarding attendance and volunteer opportunities at our annual MLK Day events in January 2018.
If you’d like to attend the annual Breakfast (Monday, Jan. 15, 9-11 a.m. at the Hollis Center Rinker Field House), register for free tickets here: https://orgsync.com/43902/events/2195621/occurrences/5228484. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend and may bring friends and family.
Every January, our University community joins communities across our county and nation to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The upcoming commemoration, from Jan. 13-15, 2018, is particularly significant in its being the 50th anniversary of his assassination. To that end, the various MLK Planning Committees from across Volusia County have, for the first time, joined forces to enhance our shared work through a slate of county-wide programs during this seminal weekend.
The highlight of the weekend for the Stetson University community is on Monday, Jan. 15 – our annual MLK Community Breakfast at the Hollis Center, followed by the Civil Rights March from the Hollis Center to Earl Brown Park, and concluded by the Community Expo at Earl Brown Park.
Monday, Jan. 15, events:
- Community Breakfast, 9 a.m.- 11 a.m., Stetson University Hollis Center Rinker Field House
- Tickets required, but free for Stetson students, faculty, and staff (paid for by the University’s sponsorship of the event, as well as a generous donation by Dr. Patrick Coggins). Sign-up using this form: https://orgsync.com/43902/events/2195621/occurrences/5228484
- The keynote speaker will be Judge Hubert L. Grimes, President of Bethune-Cookman University
- Cultural Credit event
- Civil Rights March, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m., meet at Stetson University Hollis Center
- Community Expo, 12 p.m.- 3 p.m., Earl Brown Park, DeLand
- Food trucks and family-friendly entertainment, arts/crafts, sports and other activities
- Booths featuring products and services from local businesses and nonprofits
Want to volunteer on MLK Day? There are three options:
- At the Breakfast: (Hollis Center, Stetson University)
- 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. – volunteers needed to set up event and usher in guests – sign-up using this form: https://orgsync.com/43902/forms/296874
- At the Expo: (Earl Brown Park, DeLand)
- 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. – volunteers needed to set up event and run activities – sign-up using this form: https://orgsync.com/43902/forms/296874
- 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. – Host a booth! If you are in a campus or community organization that would like to host an activity booth, let us know by completing this form: https://orgsync.com/43902/forms/296874
Other MLK weekend events:
- Friday, Jan. 13: King Celebration Banquet
- 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center (698 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach)
- Sponsored by the Volusia MLK Planning Committee, this banquet 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).
- Tickets required, but free for Stetson students, faculty and staff (and their families). Sign-up using this form: https://orgsync.com/43902/forms/296928
- Saturday, Jan. 14: Countywide Community Praise and Worship Celebration
- 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 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.
Thank you for your support of this important work.
-Kevin Winchell, Associate Director of Community Engagement
-Dr. Patrick Coggins, Chair of the Faculty Senate