University of Richmond celebrates MLK Day with series of events focusing on both learning about and serving the RVA community

January 3, 2018

The University of Richmond will celebrate the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday through a series of events in January that focus on learning about and serving the greater Richmond community.

Events open to the public include:

  • A screening of “Hidden Figures” at the Byrd Theatre, Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. A guided community discussion will follow the screening.
  • MLK commemoration event on Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Modlin Center for the Arts, Camp Concert Hall.
  • A brown bag discussion on "What is Anti-Racist work?" Jan. 19 at 12:30 p.m.

This year’s theme for the MLK commemoration event is “Activating The Beloved Community,” and features Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney as the keynote speaker. The commemoration will include performances from UR’s Ngoma African Dance Troupe and the Octaves. A reception will follow.

“We recognize that the work of Dr. King remains unfinished, and at the University of Richmond we are committed to honoring his legacy and vision, and their implications for our current moment,” said Glyn Hughes, director of Common Ground.

Campus only learning activities include:

  • A screening of the film “Selma” Jan. 15
  • A walking tour of historic Jackson Ward on Jan. 19

The campus community will also have an opportunity to participate in a number of service opportunities, including helping clear the overgrown brush at the East End Cemetery and spending time with residents at a senior community creating arts and crafts.

University of Richmond’s MLK Day events are co-sponsored by the Office of Common Ground and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and organized by an array of campus offices.

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