Community MLK Celebration

The Call to Higher Ground

Calendar of Events

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

Event Date:
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 9:00am to Monday, February 29, 2016 - 5:00pm

The American Civil Rights Movement (1954-1970) intensely transformed American society and inspired similar movements worldwide. The exhibit’s 24 items on display comprise letters, newsletters, photographs, poetry and reports.

Event Date: Monday, January 18, 2016 -
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Event Location: Medical Center Chapel

An interfaith service honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held in the U.Va. Medical Center chapel. All patients, families, visitors and staff are welcome to attend. 

Event Date: Monday, January 18, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: Carver Recreation Center

All are welcome to attend this family event with music and the presentation of the 3rd Alicia B. Lugo Award. Mr. Jay James is the keynote speaker for the event.

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Presented by: Charlottesville Parks and Recreation

Event Date: Monday, January 18, 2016 - 4:00pm

Dr. Damon Tweedy, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, Staff Psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center, and author of the New York Times Bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, will serve as the Health System's MLK Day speaker.

Event Date: Monday, January 18, 2016 - 6:00pm

Dr. Gene Batiste will lead a presentation and discussion on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on "Courageous Conversations about Race and Ethnicity in Independent Schools." 

Event Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:15pm
Event Location: Miller Center

Michael Eric Dyson is a New York Times op-ed contributor, MSNBC political analyst, and a professor in the Sociology Department at Georgetown University. He has been named by Ebony as one of the most influential black Americans and is the author of 17 books. His upcoming book,The Black Presidency, is a provocative look—sharply critical at times, affirming at others—into the legacy and meaning of America's first black presidency.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 6:30pm

Gary Flowers, founder CEO of Gary Flowers & Associates, LLC, will present on "Dr. King, Analysis to Action: Common Ground to Higher Ground."

Event Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

**Registration CLOSED **

Through an examination of such pioneering artists as Sam Cooke, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, and Curtis Mayfield, among others, this lecture highlights how popular African American music reflected the political impulses of both the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. 

Event Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

College Advisers from the Virginia College Advising Corps will be on hand to help you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Event Date: Friday, January 22, 2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

The University Library invites you to a multimedia event - a presentation of materials from the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Event Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 2:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Theater

This documentary from Kenyan-born Peres Owino uses testimonials to expose the seldom-discussed ways that Africans and African Americans view each other, and looks at the cultures’ shared history to foster mutual understanding.The screen

Event Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm

Experienced facilitators from Dialogues Across Grounds invite you to participate in a discussion of "the radical King."

Event Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Ballroom

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: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, will present "I'm a Good Person? Isn't That Enough?"

Event Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Martin Berger, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will analyze the creation and circulation of photographs of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s and consider how present-day photographs of racial struggle are linked to the visual and historical legacies of the mid-twentieth-century civil rights movement.

Event Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 5:00pm

Mark Person and Brian Favors will speak about a family story of Nat Turner's Bible, as well as how the events of 1831 and Nat Turner's Rebellion can help us reach across racial and generational lines to promote dialogues on race and progress.

Event Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: Zehmer Hall Auditorium

Alan C. Rasmussen, Prevention Specialist with Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services in Culpeper, VA and instructor in U.Va.’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program, will present on “Community Policing: Providing Public Safety and Building Community Relationships, Trust, and Cooperation." The presentation will include a discussion on the role of police in our communities, information on police powers and citizen rights, an overview of policing strategies, and building community relationships.

Event Date: Friday, January 29, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm

Professor of Architectural History Louis Nelson and the students from his Field Methods in Historic Preservation class will discuss their work this semester examining the long neglected dimension of the lived experience of the Academical Village: the relationship between the students and the faculty and their families as the village’s white population and the numerous enslaved African Americans who lived and worked for decades in and around it.

Event Date: Friday, January 29, 2016 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

This panel discussion will explore the history of the student group Memorial for Enslaved Laborers, provide an overview of the student-led memorial design contest in 2011, and discuss the role of memorials as both educational and honorable. 

Event Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 1:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Theater

What is America’s first music? Tracing a heartfelt journey, award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) interweaves the tale of a mysterious death in 1962 with the rich history of the powerful hymns that have united the Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole communities in times of worship, joy, tragedy, and hope. By investigating the stories of these songs, this illuminating film explores a Muscogee singing tradition rooted in Scottish mission hymns and African slave spirituals.

Event Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

This documentary exhibit tells the story of the civil rights protests, violence, and protracted legal struggle that gripped Danville, Va. in the summer of 1963, the fall campaign of Martin Luther King Jr., and the role of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in that city.

Event Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 5:00pm
Event Location: Covenant Church

Please join us as the Charlottesville area community gathers to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. King.

**Update as of 1/28/16: The location for this event has been changed to Covenant Church, 1025 East Rio Rd.

Event Date: Friday, February 26, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event Location: Old Cabell Hall

Alicia Garza, social activist and co-creator of the viral hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter, will speak at Old Cabell Hall on Friday, February 26th at 6 p.m. This event was originally scheduled on January 25th, and was postponed due to inclement weather.