MLK Celebration Week 2020: The Black Women in Our Lives

About the celebration

Florida State University's MLK Week has celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for more than three decades. The week of events across campus aligns with Dr. King's birthday on Jan. 15 and the federal holiday observed on the third Monday of the month. In addition to the week's speakers, performances, dialogues and other events, FSU honors Dr. King's legacy with the presentation of the MLK Distinguished Service Award for faculty and staff and the MLK Book Stipend for current students. The goal of the week is to bring the FSU and Tallahassee communities together to reflect on the past and support one another to engage in creating social justice and advocating for the civil rights of all.

 

MLK Celebration Week 2023

Monday, January 16:

  • National Day of Service with Engage TLH

Tuesday, January 17:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: A Conversation with Ben Crump

Wednesday, January 18:

  • A Day of Education and Reflection

Thursday, January 19:

  • Panel: First Generation and Imposter Syndrome in the University Setting

Friday, January 20:

  • Black Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Mixer
     

"Martin Luther King Jr. walks with a group of Civil Rights advocates on a trip to the White House

The Framework Behind the Movement

The goal of the week is to bring the FSU and Tallahassee communities together to reflect on the past and support one another to engage in creating social justice and advocating for the civil rights of all. The celebration highlights Dr. King’s framework for social justice through the Six Principles of Nonviolence. Created by Dr. King, these principles were institutionalized and strengthened by Coretta Scott King’s continued social justice advocacy and the monumental development of the King Center. We encourage you to reflect on each of these Six Principles of Nonviolence as we move through the week and think about how we as a community can do the work of equity for equality.

Six Principles of Nonviolence

  1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
  2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
  3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
  4. Nonviolence holds that suffering for a cause can educate and transform people and societies.
  5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
  6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.

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