Calendar of Events

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Event Date: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


An interfaith service honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held in the UVA Medical Center Main Lobby. 

Maurice Apprey, Dean of the Office of African American Affairs and Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, will be the guest speaker.

Event Date: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: Buford Middle School


5pm - Candlelight March - meet outside Buford Auditorium

6pm - Evening Ceremony (featuring keynote speaker Rev. Ken Edwards, African Dance and Drum Troupe Chihamba, Spoken Word Poet Bernard Hankins, The Beloved Community Band, and Presentation of Community Awards)

7:15pm - Community Dinner (Potluck Optionsl) - Buford Cafeteria

Event Date: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: The Haven


2017 has sparked many creative initiatives in Charlottesville. Come celebrate this movement, share what you’ve been doing and discover what others are doing- on the theme of “Be the Difference."

Event Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Event Location: The Miller Center


Join The Miller Center for a live taping of the American Forum program, featuring former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates. Sally Q. Yates was Acting United States Attorney General until being dismissed by President Donald Trump, after she concluded that a proposed White House “travel ban” on citizens of certain predominantly Muslim countries was unconstitutional. Prior to serving as the Attorney General, she was Deputy U.S. Attorney General from 2015 to 2017, and the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta from 2010 to 2015. 

Event Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Need money for college?  Virginia College Advisers will be on hand to help you complete your FAFSA. Free pizza and drinks will be provided!

Event Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Need money for college?  Virginia College Advisers will be on hand to help you complete your FAFSA. Free pizza and drinks will be provided!

Event Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 5:00pm


This exhibition includes Architecture School alumni, a profile of the UVA Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and recent Design projects of Professor Karen van Lengen’s Design Thinking fall 2017 studio for Emancipation Park.

Presented by the School of Architecture.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 3:30pm to 6:00pm


Join in a community discussion led by Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Event Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


We all know what it means to call someone out. Are you ready to call them IN?

Calling IN challenges us to address people with compassion and a spirit of inclusion even - or especially - in the crucial moments when their behavior is problematic. 

Event Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event Location: The Paramount Theater


The Opulence of Integrity is a theatrical, multimedia ensemble work influenced by the public life and inner searching of boxing’s outspoken superstar, Muhammad Ali.  Inspired by Ali’s career as a boxer and life as a social activist, public martyr, and human being, choreographer Christal Brown deploys her eclectic movement vernacular that includes elements of boxing, hip-hop, martial arts, modern dance, and theater to illuminate the turmoil of a life infused by divinity yet misinterpreted by humanity.

Tickets to this show cost $14.75 for students and $24.75 for adults, and may be purchased here:

Event Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


New Orleans artist, renowned speaker, and creator of the Before I Die walls, Candy Chang, shares her inspirational insights on the healing power of participatory public art to help overcome personal and community challenges. Candy’s art invites neighbors to share their hopes and engage in collaborative action.

Event Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Event Location: Rotunda Dome Room

Comments and introduction of moderator and panelists:

Thomas F. Farrell, II, University of Virginia Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Resources Inc.



David Rubenstein (moderator)

Derrick Alridge, Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, President, Bennett College

Beverly Hogan, President, Tougaloo College

Robert Pianta, Professor and Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia

Event Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 5:00pm


For over 30 years, the Charlottesville community has come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All are welcome to attend. The winner of a local high school essay contest will read his or her essay during the service.

This year's guest speaker is Reverend Stephen A. Green, Senior Pastor at Heard AME Church, Nochelle, New Jersey.

Event Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Marion Lazan will present a talk titled, "Four Perfect Pebbles: A Message of Perseverance, Determination, Faith, and Hope."

Immediately following the talk (6:45-7:30pm), a reception will be held in the Multicultural Student Services Center on the basement level of Newcomb Hall (near Theater).

Event Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event Location: The Paramount Theater


Saul Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001 and executive produced by Rick Rubin. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless, villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. The Newburgh, New York native gained a BA from Morehouse and an MFA from Tisch, and has gone on to record with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg.

Event Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: The Paramount Theater


Joy Reid, national correspondent for MSNBC and host of "AM Joy" and "The Reid Report," is the 2018 Community MLK Celebration keynote speaker. 

A free pre-event reception will begin at 5:30pm.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:30pm


"An Unlikely Friendship” is an award-winning documentary by Diane Bloom about the surprising bond that developed between outspoken civil rights activist, Ann Atwater and exalted grand cyclops of the KKK, CP Ellis. The film documents how these two came together in an intensive community event that forced them to find common ground.
Diane Bloom will introduce the film and talk about her relationsihp with Atwater and Ellis. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
Event Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: Minor Hall 125


Evon Black, a performer and current president of the National Black Deaf Advocates, will describe the situation of Deaf African Americans across the nation.  She will present in American Sign Language (ASL); interpreters will provide voiced English interpretation for non-signing members of the audience.  

Event Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the School of Law and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, will give the keynote address for the Law School's symposium "Loving Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: A Symposium Reflecting on Loving v. Virginia on its 50th Anniversary."

Event Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Main Lounge

All are welcome to join together and celebrate the inspiration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and our community’s entreaty for a future of blessings, generosity, and harmony among us all. 

Event Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:15pm
Event Location: Minor Hall 125


The 2016 feature film Loving was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ruth Negga). From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

Event Date: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm


The 2018 Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law symposium will explore legal developments in the 50 years since Loving v. Virginia was decided. This symposium will touch on race, sexual orientation, family law, and other relevant areas of civil rights law and policy.

9:00 am Welcome: Risa Goluboff, Dean of the School of Law, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, Professor of History, University of Virginia

9:15-10:45 am: Loving’s Meaning

Event Date: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm


The Making Noise Series and University Library present “Josh St. Hill: A Live Performance and in Conversation with A.D. Carson” in the University of Virginia Music Library at 5 p.m. on January 26th. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. 

Event Date: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith's visual art will be on display at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. All are invited to attend the opening of the exhibition on January 26th.

A reception will take place beginning at 6:00pm, followed by the artist talk.

This event will also include an update to the community from UVA's President's Commission on Slavery and the University about progress on the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.

Event Date: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


UVA's Black Graduate Professional Student Organization and the Darden School of Business DSA Diversity Committee present a mini-symposium featuring lectures by Claudrena Harold, Professor of African American and African Studies and History at UVA, Maya Hislop, Ph.D candidate in English at UVA, and Luke Williams, a fourth year undergraduate studying Political and Social Thought at UVA. 

Event Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Featuring: Ebony Impact (Old Dominion University), BASIC Gospel Choir (Longwood University), and Bridgewater Gospel Choir (Bridgewater College)

Event Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event Location: Old Cabell Hall


Downbeat Magazine's 2017 critics poll winner for jazz artist, trumpeter and album of the year, Wadada Leo Smith and the Golden Quintet  will perform his multimedia piece "America's National Parks," which interweaves imagery from the parks with live video of the performers, as they perform and improvise on the composition.

Tickets cost $15 for the general public, $13 for UVA faculty and staff, $10 for students at the door, and free for UVA students in advance.

Event Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Theatre


In December of 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. opened his home for the first and only time to a television host, Arnold Michaelis, the legendary interviewer, who spent four days recording Dr. King and his wife Coretta in a uniquely intimate setting, revealing these historic figures' most private thoughts.

This program has never been televised, and had remained unseen in the Michaelis Library of Living History, University of Georgia Libraries, for over forty years. George Silano, the veteran director/cameraman, and the only living member of the team, has rediscovered the film. Mr. Silano will screen the film, and participate in a Q&A following the screening.

Event Date: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 5:00pm


Event Date: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 11:30am
Event Location: Garrett Hall


On Monday, January 29, Batten School professor Paul Martin and undergraduate student Aethena Brooks will moderate a panel discussion with local community leaders. The panel will focus on the question “what does it mean to lead on issues of race, civil rights, and justice.”  Lunch will be provided.

Event Date: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Theatre


Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer for President Barack Obama, will talk about his new New York Times bestseller, Obama: An Intimate Portrait and the stories behind his iconic photographs chronicling Obama's historic presidency.

Event Date: Monday, February 5, 2018 - 4:00pm

Join UVA Rector Frank M. "Rusty" Conner III '81, UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan and Dean Risa Goluboff in honoring Gregory Hayes Swanson, the first African-American student admitted to the University of Virginia. Swanson was a 26-year-old practicing lawyer from Danville when he filed a federal lawsuit to gain admission to UVA to pursue a master’s in law. After he won his lawsuit, he enrolled in 1950, setting a precedent for racial integration at the University. 

UVA Law Professor Kim Forde-Mazrui, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Law, will help lead the commemoration, joined by members of Swanson's family and other special guests.