Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon


The 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon 

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

 Adam W. Herbert University Center


Doors Open at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon begins at 12:00 p.m.


Guest Speaker:  Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chair of the Center for African American Studies and William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Princeton University. Author of Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America and editor of Is it Nation Time?: Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism




  photo of Dr. Glaude in glasses


The University of North Florida’s (UNF) Intercultural Center for Peace (ICP) annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon, is an event where an internationally acclaimed leader is invited to speak to honor the ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and teach about his philosophy of non-violence. Past speakers include Asa Hilliard, Ossie Davis, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Blair Underwood, Dr. Ben Carson, and Terry McMillan. The program also honors and provides scholarships to students whose leadership and service reflect Dr. King’s teachings. During the program four student scholarships are awarded. Over $100,000 has been awarded to UNF students.


This event is sponsored by the UNF President’s Office, the Office of the Vice President of Student and International Affairs, and the Intercultural Center for Peace.




 students and faculty gathered after the luncheon         students sitting at a table

Students and faculty enjoying the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Luncheon with Steve Pemberton 


Past speakers

2017 Ndaba Thembekile Mandela
Grandson of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, President and CEO of Africa Rising, one of BET's "28 Men of Change"
2016 Terry McMillan
Advocate and best-selling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back
2015 Steve Pemberton
Corporate executive, motivational speaker, visionary youth advocate and best-selling author
2014 Hill Harper
Actor, performer, author, NAACP Image Award winner, youth advocate, and Harvard Law School alumnus


Guy Jasmine

Performer, Director, Writer, and Choreographer


Dr. James H. Cone 

Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary and author of numerous published books and articles


Juan Williams

Author, Journalist and Political Commentator


Dominique Dawes

Olympic Gold Medal winning gymnast, three time Olympian, motivational speaker, spokeswoman, broadcaster, and Yahoo! Sports Analyst


Dr. Benjamin Carson

A full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He was named by CNN and TIME Magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists, and he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends” on the occasion of its 200th anniversary.


Blair Underwood

Actor, Director, Producer and Author.


Tavis Smiley

Broadcaster, Author, Advocate and Philanthropist


Charlayne Hunter-Gault

World renowned Journalist, Author, and Civil Rights Pioneer. As CNN’s former Johannesburg Bureau Chief and Correspondent, Hunter-Gault introduced viewers to the people of the diverse continent of Africa, a country she once called “one of the greatest challenges that we in the media face.”  


Dick Gregory

Author, Actor and Civil Rights Activist. Gregory continues to work for human rights causes around the world.


Dr. Cornel West

Professor at Princeton University a compelling orator, acute philosopher, and progressive visionary. Dr. West was a professor of religion and director for the Program in African-American Studies in Princeton. His book, Race Matters was published in 1993.