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Flagler College partners with MLK Committee to host annual event

Nov 19, 2020

On Jan. 18 the Flagler College Office of Diversity and Inclusion will partner with the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of St. Johns County, Inc. to host the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast event.

This year’s annual event will be mostly virtual, with limited in-person seating available by registering early and a take-away breakfast option only. The in-person portion of the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Lewis Auditorium on Flagler College’s campus. Following the event, in lieu of the traditional march, attendees will have the option of taking a self-guided walk to the plaza to pray for “Peace and Justice in the world.” 

“As Flagler continues to work to become more involved in the community and its focus on diversity and inclusion specifically, it’s important to match our words with our actions,” said Vice President of Student Affairs & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Sandra Miles on the decision to support the event this upcoming year. 

Civil Rights Leader, Educator, Author, Producer and President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is the 2021 keynote speaker. His organization is an African-American trade organization representing the voice of the country’s collective of more than 200 black-owned newspapers. Chavis has also served as the executive director of the NAACP and continues his work for social justice. 

The event will also feature a performance by the Flagler College Chamber Choir/Cabaret Ensemble and recording artist Zaneta Whipple, as well as purchasing opportunities of merchandise such as books, CDs, t-shirts and sweatshirts. All proceeds will go towards the Committee’s support of college scholarships for local high school students. Proceeds from the 2020 breakfast funded two $1,000 scholarships. 

Today’s annual event is one of the longest-running commemorative events in the state. Then-Governor Bob Graham spoke at the first one in 1986. 

With such a storied history, Miles said, “We appreciate that the Committee trusts us enough to partner with them on this cherished St. Augustine event.”

A limited number of tickets for Flagler College students, faculty, and staff for the in-person portion of the event will be available in the Student Affairs Suite – located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center – beginning Dec. 1. Tickets are free of charge but must be acquired ahead of the event. Event Liaison Dr. Sandra Miles can be contacted with questions by emailing smiles@flagler.edu. For more information regarding the student scholarships funded by this event, or to encourage a high school student to apply, please visit the Committee’s website at www.mlkcelebrationcommittee.com.

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