MLK Celebration

MLK Day Commemoration

"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, though the Breakfast requires a ticket to enter. More information on each event is below.

Saturday, January 19

Kings Feast

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Electrolytes Charity Club
240 S. Clara Avenue, DeLand, 32720

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. For more information, visit www.volusiamlk.com.  

Sanctuary Night Gospel Concert

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Sanctuary Church
401 E. Taylor Road, DeLand

Sponsored by a collective of local religious organizations, this Gospel service, featuring recording artist Beverly Crawford, 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 21

MLK Annual Breakfast (tickets required for entry)

8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Hollis Center
Rinker Fieldhouse

Cultural Credit Event

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 500 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 Chief Judge Raul Zambrano of Florida's Seventh Judicial Circuit. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., breakfast is available at 8:30 a.m., and ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. 

The breakfast is free for Stetson students, faculty, and staff to attend, although seating is limited and tickets are required. In order to ensure that there is enough food for everyone, no people will be admitted without a ticket. Complete this form by noon on Friday January 18 to request a ticket, and a staff member will respond: https://orgsync.com/43902/forms/350017.

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. - 4:00 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 21, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 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 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the MLK Community Expo (Earl Brown Park, DeLand)

Volunteers are needed for setting up booths and directing traffic at the event. If you are interested in volunteering, email Kevin Winchell at kwinchel@stetson.edu.