Since 1990, Florida International University's Office of Social Justice and Inclusion (previously known as the Multicultural Programs and Services) has hosted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration, honoring one of the world's greatest leaders. Planning for this celebration commences up to ten months in advance. The MLK Breakfast's premier event has evolved from a university event into a world-class community event, attracting many local dignitaries and schools, all looking forward to attending this annual celebration of Dr. King's life and legacy. It has grown from a single event to a four-month-long series, including the Youth Forum & Peace Walk, a day of service, a museum exhibit (which runs until April), a dinner, unit-specific events, and representation at the MLK Day Parade held in Liberty City in Miami. This commemoration is accomplished by strong collaboration with many departments and colleges at the university.
FIU proudly hosts the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration every year to coincide with the MLK federal holiday (the third Monday of January). In collaboration with the FIU Office of Social Justice and Inclusion, university staff and faculty members plan the finest annual commemorations honoring Dr. King's legacy, lasting through April.
In collaboration with the FIU Alumni Association, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Committee (MLK-CCC) is pleased to announce it is now accepting nominations for this year's MLK Hall of Fame inductee.
FIU's MLK Hall of Fame recognizes FIU alumni who have connected with the university through their engagement, service, and contributions to a department, college, or the university, primarily focusing on minorities. In addition, each inductee has distinguished professional achievement in their industry and has made significant contributions impacting the multicultural environment.
Nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Must have graduated from and be in good standing with FIU.
- Connected with FIU through their engagement, service, and contributions to a department, college, or the university.
- Have distinguished professional achievement within their industry.
- Made significant contributions impacting the multicultural environment.
- Not actively running for public office.
- Must not be in any current legal investigation or proceeding.
The inductee will receive the following:
- Recognition as one of FIU's most outstanding alumni during the MLK Commemorative Breakfast (the Friday before the MLK Holiday).
- Photograph and biography of inductee to be featured on the Wall of Fame.
- Invitation to and recognition at the MLK@The Frost opening in the Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum.
- Invitation to and recognition at the MLK Speaker and Awards Reception (held Thursday evening, the day before the breakfast).
The nomination process is as follows:
- Nomination: Any member/alumni of the university community can nominate.
- Submission: All nominations must be completed by May 1.
- Review: The list of nominees will be initially reviewed by a selection committee made of members from (including, but not limited to) MLK-CCC, FIU Alumni Association, and Black Student Union; then submitted to the Executive Director of the FIU Alumni Association to ensure that all nominees are in good standing with the university.
- Recommendation: The Executive Director of the FIU Alumni Association will recommend finalists to the Office of the President for final approval.
- Notification: The President of the University, the Executive Director of the Alumni Association, and the Chair of the MLK Commemorative Celebration Committee will notify the inductee.
MLK Hall of Fame Past Recipients
Gerald Grant Jr. '78, MBA '89
Vice President and Branch Director for AXA Advisors, LLC
Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH '96
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Myoushi Jones '82
President of My Perfect Image, Inc.
Dwayne Bryant '93
President of Inner Vision International, Inc.
Dr. Valerie Patterson '81, MS '85, PhD. '95
Clinical Associate Professor with FIU