Calendar of Events

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

Event Date: Monday, January 16, 2017 -
12:00pm to 12:45pm

An interfaith service honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held in the UVA Medical Center Main Lobby. Pamela Sutton-Wallace, Chief Executive Officer, will be the speaker.

Event Date: Monday, January 16, 2017 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm


The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is hosting a free screening of the documentary Freedom On My Mind:

Event Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm


Need money for college?  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.  Free pizza and drinks will be available

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:

Event Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 6:30pm

Maurice Wallace, Professor, English Department and Associate Director, African-American & African Studies, Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia will explore the sonic force and densities of Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech-making. A reception will be held from 6:00-6:30pm. Program begins at 6:30pm.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 7:30pm

Bryant Terry, a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator, and author will share his insights on providing healthy food choices for all while cooking up examples of his signature Afro-Vegan cuisine. A catered reception with a dance performance by Chihamba will begin at 7pm followed by the talk and cooking demo at 7:30pm.

Event Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event Location: Garrett Hall

Black Student Leaders in Policy (BSLIP) will be holding a State of the Union event on January 19th at 6:30 in Garrett Hall. The discussion will focus on the implications that Trump's election has on minority groups in America. This discussion will extend itself from policy to the current political climate and current stigma associated with minority groups in America. Round table discussion will be followed by a revisiting of the Black Student Alliance document “Toward a Better University” that leads to a call to action.

Event Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm

Participants: Virginia State University Gospel Chorale, Ebony Impact Gospel Choir (Old Dominion University), Longwood University Gospel Choir, and Virginia Wesleyan College Gospel Choir

Presented by the Office of African American Affairs and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity.

Event Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Theater

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice. In 1991, Anita Hill, a young African-American woman, sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual harassment and power in the workplace that resonates still today. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film celebrates Anita Hill’s legacy and provides a rare glimpse into her private life and career.

Event Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event Location: Covenant Church

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.

Event Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

All are invited to attend a community forum about UVA's memorial to enslaved laborers. Attendees will learn more about how the University of Virginia will produce the memorial, meet the design team, and be asked to offer their own ideas and feedback about the memorial.

Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm

Established in 2013, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. UVA Health System Award is presented annually to a student, faculty, or staff member of the UVA Health System who embodies Dr. King's values and teachings in the areas of cultural competence, health care disparities, and/or fostering an environment of inclusiveness. Includes lunch and a community panel.

Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Theater

Award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer Daniel Beaty presents Emergency, an explosive solo tour de force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. 

Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: Zehmer Hall

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, will give an overview of the biggest changes this year at the US Supreme Court, how we got here, and what it will mean for justice, social justice, and individual rights in the coming years.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

This presentation will discuss the nature of trauma and how it impacts people, especially African Americans. Dr. Jones will discuss the cultural factors that are part of this impact, such as the trans-generational results of slavery, as well as barriers to treatment. From his research he will suggest interventions to help with the healing process for people of color.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event Location: Campbell Hall, Room 153

The School of Architecture presents a free screening of 13th, from award-winning director Ava DuVernay. In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the US prison boom.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm


The election of 2016 revealed and reinforced significant anxieties and fears among many people in America that fall along economic, cultural, religious, racial and gendered lines.  Such distress, experienced by supporters of all presidential candidates, has manifested in divisiveness, animosity and even violence.  This event hopes to contribute to social healing by engaging attendees in a discussion over the experiences that cause distress and division, and over what approaches can help people find solidarity with others of different backgrounds. 

Event Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: The Paramount Theater

Anita Hill, University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University, will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Community MLK Celebration in January. Hill is a leader in both the civil rights and women’s rights movements and an expert on the complex and often challenging issues of race, gender, and workplace discrimination in America. In 1991, Hill made sexual harassment in the workplace a national issue when she testified that Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas had committed sexual harassment against her.

Event Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
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. 
Representing various religious traditions, this year’s Interfaith Service will highlight reflections and blessings from the University’s students and faculty.  All members of the Albemarle, Charlottesville, and University communities are welcome to join in this hour of prayers and intentions for peace and well-being for our shared community. 
Event Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding where she leads the organization’s research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims.  Previously, she was the Executive Director for Muslim Studies at Gallup, Inc. and served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. 

Event Date: Monday, January 30, 2017 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm


The 2016 presidential campaign was a long, rough slough that laid open enormous race, class, religion, and gender cultural rifts, and exposed disconnects between we the people and one of our most enduring institutions: the self-described “Fourth Estate”, the press.  Where do we go from here?  How do we relearn to trust one another, and the news?  Yes, words and images matter--but whose words? Which images? Join moderator Coy Barefoot and panelists: communications law expert Blake Morant, dean of the George Washington School of Law and a double ‘Hoo;  national political correspondent and former Fulbright Fellow, Terrell Starr; UVA Department of Anthropology professor George Mentore; and UVA Media Studies professor Aniko Bodroghkozy,  as they explore answers to these questions.