Calendar of Events
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
To celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. we have partnered with UVA and Albemarle County this month to explore several historical sites connected to the fight for civil rights.
The route is roughly 3 miles long on mostly flat/solid surfaces except for the section on the Fifeville Community Trail, which will be dirt for a few hundred yards. Check the forecast and make sure to bring appropriate attire, we will send out updates here if our plans change. Registration is not required and everyone is welcome!
Please join us for the 11th Annual MLK UVA Health System Awards Dinner. This signature event will be held in-person on Thursday, January 18th at 6pm in The Rotunda on the grounds of The University of Virginia.
Join The School of Engineering and Applied Science for a special screening of THE SPACE RACE, with remarks after the film from Leland Melvin - UVA Alum and NASA Astronaut.
The 39th Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration is excited to announce its annual event will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church. This year’s keynote speaker will be award winning author and activist, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson.
Join Lifetime Learning and the UVA Library for a virtual tour of the current exhibition Their World As Big As They Made It: Looking Back at the Harlem Renaissance, featuring the visionary works of writers, artists, and thinkers whose creative and intellectual pursuits defined Black American identity and political consciousness. The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library is fortunate to hold a wide selection of influential books, magazines, illustrations, and manuscripts from the Harlem Renaissance.
Blake D. Morant ’78 (Col ’75), the first African American dean at the George Washington University and Wake Forest University law schools, will speak as part of UVA’s Community MLK Celebration. At the event, Dean Risa Goluboff will present the Gregory H. Swanson Award, named in honor of the first Black student at UVA and at the Law School. The award recognizes a student or students who demonstrate courage, perseverance and a commitment to justice within the community. Morant is the Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at GWU and served as dean of its law school from 2014-19.
Rev. William J. Barber II will deliver the 2024 Community MLK Celebration keynote address.
Kimberly Jenkins Robinson, who is the Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law and the Director of the Education Rights Institute, will discuss how existing law and policy fails to protect access for all students to a high-quality K-12 education. She also will share insights on how a federal right to a high-quality education could establish a stronger foundation for our democracy, economy and society.