UCF will observe its annual Diversity Week beginning with Monday’s kickoff breakfast featuring politician and civil rights activist Julian Bond as keynote speaker.

The week’s theme, “Remember and Reflect – The Civil Rights Act of 1964,” is a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation. Lectures, workshops, films, food and other activities are scheduled through the week, which has been organized by the UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The sold-out breakfast will start the week at 8 a.m. in the Student Union.

From 1965 to 1975, Bond served in the Georgia House of Representatives and he served six terms in the Georgia Senate from 1975-86. As a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta he helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and after college helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center. Bond served 11 years as chair of the NAACP, and continues with his activism as chairman emeritus.

His speech at the kickoff is “The Road to Freedom, From Alabama to Obama.”

Events during the week are scheduled by groups around campus and will address a variety of diversity and inclusion topics.

For more information about the week and a complete schedule of events, visit www.diversity.ucf.edu.