Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week 2015

Rollins will celebrate the 50th anniverary of the Civil Rights Act with a series of events during MLK week. All events are free and open to the public unless indicated.

Golden Anniversary

MLK Week 2015 starts with a vigil celebrating the life and impact of Dr. King and includes an event with civil rights leader and politician Andrew Young.

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Vigil | Monday, January 19

Our Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week kicks off with a commemorative celebration celebrating the life and impact of Dr. King, Jr. This year’s celebration comes at a time where we as a nation celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. This historic moment launched the beginning of social justice in the U.S. and has served as a launch pad for numerous movements since.

This year’s special guests include a dance performance by The Center for Contemporary Dance, musical selections from Rollins Alumnae Maria Bryant, and keynote presentation by inspiration artist, motivational speaker, author, and founder of Mi Anatolia, Chelo Fansua.

Event Details

When: Monday, January 19, at 6 p.m. | Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Bush Auditorium (Map It)
Who: This event is free and open to the public.

If you are attending with a large group, please contact Zakiya Brown via email at zbrown@rollins.edu

Chat & Chew with Andrew Young | Tuesday, January 20

Rollins Winter Park Institute visiting guest ambassador Andrew Young will have a chance to speak with students during an open discussion regarding his political and social involvement and the impact it has had on Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. This event is a co-partnership between Rollins College Democracy Project and the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement. Mr. Young's larger speaking engagement will take place at 7 p.m. in the Alfond Sports Center.

Event Details

When: Tuesday, January 20, at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: TBD
Who: This event is closed to students only.

NPHC Involvement in Florida’s Civil Rights Movement | Wednesday, January 21

July 2, 2014 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act; an act that outlawed discrimination based on race, sex, religion and national origin. As we celebrate this historic landmark, we explore the involvement of one group that has been instrumental in the advancement of the African American community, Black Greek Letter Organizations. Dr. King, Jr. was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporate and both, Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks were members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Since 1906, what is now called the “Divine Nine” has been instrumental in being boisterous voices in continuing the fight for justice.

Join us for a panel discussion consisting of members from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity as we discuss the impact of the organizations during the Civil Rights Movement in Florida.

Event Details

When: Wednesday, January 21, at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Faculty Club (Map It)
Who: This event is free and open to the public.

Mi Anatolia Workshop | Thursday, January 22

Founder of Mi Anatolia, Chelo Fansua, utilizes original music, motivational speech, and educational literature to motivate humanity to creatively inspire the mirror within. The mission of Mi Anatolia is “To use our creative gifts to help humanity discover their Anatolia Moment through love, hope, and purpose.”

The Workshop, “Discovering Mi Anatolia Moment”, will consist of three steps:

  • Options (The choices we make in life)
  • Mirrors (Constructing our own environment)
  • Goals (Setting the path to achieve)

Each step will be supported with personal anecdotes, historical facts, musical offerings and audience engagement.  The process is not only creative, but deeply emotional. It has been brought to prisons, schools, social service centers and other organizations with great results. The workshop concludes with a Q&A session that provides a platform for audience members to share their perception of the message and how it can impact their daily lives.

Event Details

When: Thursday, January 22, at 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Where: Bieberbach-Reed (Map It)
Who: This event is free and open to the public.

STAND! Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement Film Screening | Thursday, January 22

STAND! Chronicles the key events which led to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), selecting Birmingham, Alabama as the site for the now famous ‘Project C’ (Project Confrontation) in 1963. The film brings to light often overlooked and unknown facts about the system of segregation in Birmingham, Alabama by featuring the brave men and women who risked all to bring about its demise. STAND! Dismisses many myths that the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement was all Black, all male, and led my ministers who rallied in 1963 and liberated a city.

STAND! Features interviews from heroes and heroines of the movement, who have, until now, been inexplicably unsung. The music of jazz legend Cleve Eaton, who played with Count Basie, Ramsey Lewis and many others, is seamlessly interwoven with hip hop beats from King B Low and gospel music by Nims Gay and Pat Fields. This authentic combination of music gives STAND! The true feeling and power that was the Movement.

Following the film, the event will conclude with a Q&A with one of the directors, Ms. Donna Dukes.

Event Details

When: Thursday, January 22, at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: SunTrust Auditorium (Map It)
Who: This event is free and open to the public.

***TENTATIVE**** Coalition of Immokalee Workers Modern Day Slavery Museum | Friday, January 23

The Modern Day Slavery Museum consists of a cargo truck outfitted as a replica of the trucks involved in a 2008 slavery operation (U.S. v. Navarrete, 2008), accompanied by displays on the history and evolution of slavery in Florida. The museum toured the state intensively for six weeks in the lead-up to the 2010 Farmworker Freedom March, and was exhibited in various cities in the Northeast in the summer of 2010. Since then, it has toured across the Southeast to many universities, churches, and conferences, bringing a new-found level of consciousness to communities about the history of slavery.

The museum's central focus is on the phenomenon of modern-day slavery — its roots, the reasons it persists, and its solutions. The exhibits were developed in consultation with workers who have escaped from forced labor operations as well as leading academic authorities on slavery and labor history in Florida.

Event Details

When: Friday, January 23, at 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Holt Avenue in front of Knowles Chapel (Map It)
Who: This event is free and open to the public.


Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement 
Rollins College
Chase Hall – First Floor
1000 Holt Ave. – 2746
Winter Park, FL 32789