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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon


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. Scholarships are presented to students during this annual event. Over $100,000 has been awarded to UNF students.


Past Speakers

Year Speaker Name and Description
2018 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. 


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." 


Terry McMillan
Advocate and best-selling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.


Steve Pemberton
Corporate executive, motivational speaker, visionary youth advocate and best-selling author.


Hill Harper
Actor, performer, author, NAACP Image Award winner, youth advocate, and Harvard Law School alumnus.


 Jasmine Guy

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.