Press Release for Friday, February 17, 2012

UNF Unveils First MLK Statue on Florida College Campus

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 


 

UNF Unveils First MLK Statue on Florida College Campus 

 

The University of North Florida will unveil the first statue of Martin Luther King Jr. to be placed on a Florida college campus at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Peace Plaza on campus. This event, sponsored by the Center for Intercultural PEACE at UNF, is free and open to the public. 

 

The 8-foot-6-inch bronze statue of Martin Luther King Jr. was created by artist Jasu Shilpi, the Bronze Woman of India, the same artist who designed the Gandhi statue, also located in Peace Plaza. The life-sized statue will stand on a granite base inscribed with three quotations from the famous orator’s speeches, sermons and writings.  

 

“The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will beautify our campus and remind students, faculty, staff and visitors of this great American,” said Oupa Seane, director of the Intercultural Center for PEACE at UNF. “The statue is going to be an edification piece, something that uplifts individuals both educationally and morally.”

 

Funds for the creation of the statue were raised through private donations, and a donor plaque will be placed at the base of the statue. Some of the lead gifts for the statue include the Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund, Jacksonville Aviation Authority and the DuBow Family Foundation.  

 

A reception will follow the unveiling. For more information, contact the Intercultural Center for PEACE at (904) 620-2475. 

 

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