Leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on what Dr. King stood for and how we can learn from his teachings. Going forward, try to study non-violent self-practices that foster positive behaviors – move your body, stretch, eat healthy, and be kind to the people around you.
Dr. King stood for ending racial discrimination against Black and Brown people, and although he made headway, we still have a long ways to go. Instead of taking the day off, take the day “on” by learning how we can do better for our BIPOC friends, colleagues, alumni, faculty and staff.
If you’re interested in what you can do in the Gainesville community, here are some events that you can participate in around campus:
- Jan. 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Virtual 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Social Justice through Diverse Lenses hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization
- Jan. 14 – 15: Where Do We Go From Here: Racism, Public Health and Affordable Health Care sponsored by UF African American Studies
- Campus-wide events from Jan. 14 – 26 hosted by UF Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
- Jan. 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m.: MLK Opening Ceremony hosted by UF Multicultural and Diversity Affairs and sponsored by the African American Studies Program and CLAS.
- Day of Service hosted by the Brown Center for Leadership and Service on Jan. 18