FSU Celebrates MLK Week

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Tallahassee, FL -January 14, 2013

Florida State students are honoring one of the country's great civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week marks the 25th annual MLK Week at the University. All week long, the university is showcasing different events to honor Dr. King and his legacy. Some of the things on tap for this year include a film festival and a visit from Nikki Giovanni.

"With Florida State celebrating its 50th year of intergration, it really shows how this University appreciates diversity on this campus and it's a really good thing that we are doing," says Jareth Bent, FSU's Black Student Union President.

The celebration goes from Monday, January 14 through the 21st.






A Freedom March, hosted by the Florida State University chapter of the NAACP, will precede the Commemorative Celebration. It will begin at 11 a.m. at the university’s Integration Statue and proceed to the Oglesby Union Ballrooms for the celebration. In addition, 10 students from six Leon County high schools will be on campus from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to participate in interactive workshops, mentoring opportunities, the Freedom March and the celebration.

A “dinner dialogue” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, to provide students, faculty and staff an opportunity to interact with Giovanni in an informal atmosphere. This event is sponsored by FSU’S Center for Leadership and Social Change and the Seminole Torchbearers. Registration is required, and space is limited. For more information and to register, visit http://thecenter.fsu.edu/News/MLK-Week-2013.

The week’s other events, all free and open to the public, include:
The 2nd annual Oratorical Contest, 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, Oglesby Union, State Ballroom. FSU students are invited to write and recite a speech presented to the audiences and judges. The event is sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Black Student Union.

Reflection of a Legacy, Special Collections Gallery, open all week. Strozier Library Reception at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. View a pictorial history of the civil rights movement and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the history of Florida State University, and see how that legacy lives on in the campus community.

“Night of the Arts,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Oglesby Union, State Ballroom. Singers, dancers, artists and other student performers will showcase their talents in performance and visual artistic interpretations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The event is sponsored by the MLK Committee, Pride Student Union and the Black Graduate Student Association.

Black Film Festival, 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Student Life Cinema. The inaugural event celebrates African-American cinema and the African cultural diaspora. The festival, which is sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Student Life Cinema, highlights films from emerging independent filmmakers associated with Florida State’s College of Motion Picture Arts.

Day of Service, 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan. 21. FSU students, faculty and staff will meet at the Integration Statue on Woodward Avenue before departing to perform community service projects throughout Tallahassee, including working with Jump Start and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.

To view the entire schedule of events and more information, visit http://www.sga.fsu.edu/mlk_week/cal.html.

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