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The 29th Annual MLK Week: Unfolding the Dream

Photo of students at MLK Dare to Dream event at Cascade ParkThe City of Tallahassee hosted its’ fifth annual MLK Dare to Dream Festival at Cascades Park on Monday, January 16. Students, faculty, and staff at Florida State University volunteered throughout the day, as well as assisted in the implementation of the MLK Day of Service. Community members donated children’s books, clothing, toiletries, and school supplies to Capital Area Community Action Agency to be distributed to head start youth in Tallahassee.

On Tuesday, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill visited Florida State University as a part of the Golden Tribe Lecture Series. Before his keynote lecture, The Center for Leadership & Social Change hosted Dr. Marc Lamont Hill for an evening of dialogue, introspection, and dinner. FSU staff, faculty, students, and Tallahassee community members engaged in dialogue from questions posed by Dr. Hill about the action, legacy, hope, vision, and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

MLK Week continued at Market Wednesday through an interactive quest. There were several stations available for students to participate in, including the Conversation Couch. The Conversation Couch provided space for students to talk about their perspective of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and how his legacy has impacted their daily lives.

Dinner Dialogue with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
(photo credit Lauren Alsina)

Selected students from Leon County high schools joined FSU student facilitators as “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars” on Thursday, spending the day dialoguing and sharing about the experiences and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As part of the High School Scholars Program, Chief David Perry of FSUPD and Major Roderick Young of Tallahassee PD facilitated an interactive presentation regarding community policing. The workshop focused on how to engage with police officers, as well as learning what rights individuals have when engaging with law enforcement.

The week ended with the MLK Block Party, hosted by the Center for Leadership and Social Change, the Center for Global Engagement, Askew Student Life Center, and University Housing. The Power of We brought a dialogue wall for students to explore whether or not they believe Martin Luther King Jr’s dream has been realized.

29th Annual MLK Week