June 3rd is Mabo Day. Mabo Day commemorates the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo (c. 29 June 1936–21 January 1992) a Torres Strait Islander. He is most famous for campaigning for the recognition of traditional Indigenous Australian's land rights on his home island of Mer (Murray Island).
Eddie Koiki Mabo resided in Townsville for a period of his life and in that time he was employed and enrolled at JCU. Due to his connection to JCU, the Townsville campus library was named the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in 2008.
You can celebrate Mabo Day by attending a public event in your area. At JCU we hold an annual Mabo Lecture (view past lectures). The Townsville library holds an art exhibition that commemorates the building naming and it is open to members of the public to view.