Calendar of Events

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

Event Date: Monday, January 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to Friday, February 1, 2019 - 5:00pm


In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday, the School of Architecture is hosting an exhibition featuring select spatial/social justice design entries of two recent competitions in the mindset of Martin. 

Event Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 3:00pm
Event Location: John Paul Jones Arena


Leslie Odom, Jr., Tony Award winner for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the blockbuster hit musical Hamilton will be the fourth UVA President’s Speaker for the Arts. Odom, Jr. will share reflections on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on our lives, education, and the world.

Event Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm


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 civil rights attorney and ordained minister Cornell W. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School and former president and CEO of the NAACP.

Event Date: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 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. 

Event Date: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: Carver Recreation Center


In commemoration of Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Martin L. King Jr., the sixth annual ''Continuing His Dream & Works'' event will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at the historic Carver Recreation Center (233 4th St. NW-Charlottesville,Va.) The event is a family affair and free to everyone.

Event Date: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: Wilson Hall, Room 402


Preview "Race and Place in Charlottesville," a Study Center video tour of African-American history interpreted through the streets, buildings, monuments, and spaces of Charlottesville’s university and downtown communities, on Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Day). Led by Study Center Board Chair and Professor of Architectural History Louis Nelson, the series features interviews with local experts, public historians, and residents. The series is motivated by Jesus' command to love our neighbors.

Event Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm


"A Black Woman's Journey" traces the journey and transformation of Mildred Sirls, a young Black girl in rural east Texas in the 1930s who picked cotton to help her family survive, to Dr. Mildred Pratt, Professor Emeritus of Social Work.

Event Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Theatre


It's been a decade since President Barack Obama's inauguration. In those 10 years, how have things changed—or not changed—for people of color in the United States? Hear the Miller Center's Melody Barnes, UVA scholar Kevin Gaines, and The New York Times' Lauretta Charlton explore race in America today. Was the "post-racial" era a mirage? Have politics become more or less racialized in the past 10 years?

Event Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: Minor Hall 125


Brittney Cooper, a prominent black intellectual, is an assistant professor in the Departments of Women and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers. She thinks Black feminism can change the world for the better. Her third book, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, is a highly acclaimed best-seller.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm


The game FACUALITY will come to the McIntire School of Commerce during the Community MLK Celebration. Participate in a facilitated dialogue and board game that simulates real-life stories in America and learn new ways to advocate for inclusivity.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Theatre


"Personal Statement"  follows three seniors at Brooklyn high schools who are determined to get their entire classes to college, even though they aren't even sure they are going to make it there themselves. They are working as college counselors in their three schools because many of their friends have nowhere else to turn for support.

Event Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: Nau Hall 101


Khadijat Rashid is a deaf, immigrant woman of color and is currently Dean of the School of Education, Business and Human Services at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.  She has been on the faculty at Gallaudet since 1994, teaching political economy, international development, and development economics. She is the co-editor of Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan African Communities and has published and given presentations on numerous topics.

Event Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:30am to 2:00pm


The 2019 UVA Health System MLK Award will be presented to the student, faculty, or staff member of the Health System who embodies Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  values and teachings. A distinguished panel, including Ms. Mavis Claytor, the first African American UVA nursing student, Mrs. Mary Holmes, a pioneering African American nurse who helped desegregate the UVA hospital units, and Apostle Sarah Kelley, the first African American chaplain resident at UVA will be moderated by Ms. Tori Tucker, PhD student in nursing and Ms. Lois Davis, 3rd year medical student.

Event Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus.

Event Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Theatre


Thirteen years, two radical activist all-stars-one conversation. Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama spent over a decade conversing intimately about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their overlapping experiences. 

Event Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event Location: Old Cabell Hall


This one-woman show channels Fannie Lou Hamer in a riveting 60-minute journey of storytelling showered with eleven inspiring songs and a video montage of the Civil Rights movement. 

Event Date: Monday, January 28, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Event Location: Garrett Hall


In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Batten School will host a discussion on racial equality at UVA, led by representatives from UVA’s Black Student Alliance (BSA) and Latinx Student Alliance (LSA). Batten students Catalina Perez (BA ‘20) and Chloe Cohen (MPP ‘20) will moderate the discussion on how UVA can be a more racially inclusive institution and what the BSA and LSA have done to encourage those steps forward.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch provided. 


Event Date: Monday, January 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Theater


The Multicultural Student Center and Flux Poetry & Spoken Word invite community members and students to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 28th, 6 - 8 PM at the Women in the Movement Showcase in Newcomb Theater. The event will feature presentations of original art in the form of poetry, music, visual art, dance, etc.  A reception will follow in the Multicultural Student Center.


Event Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: The Paramount Theater


White House Correspondent April Ryan will be the 2019 Community MLK Celebration keynote speaker. Ryan will deliver the keynote address at the Paramount Theater on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.

Event Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Location: The Paramount Theater


Freedom Bound tells the true story of Addison White and his escape from slavery in Kentucky, his flight north on the Underground Railroad, and his rescue by the citizens of Mechanicsburg, Ohio.  This important and turbulent chapter of American history comes to life through original songs, riddles and rhyme, and an array of characters that emerge from the past and relive the journey of the Underground Railroad. Mad River Theater Works creates vibrant and evocative plays that combine the rhythms and folkways of everyday life with tales about extraordinary individuals. 

Event Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm


This event will discuss the work of social justice activism.  A primary focus will be on the terrorism of August 11 and 12, 2017, and on women who countered that terrorism before, then, and since.  The first two hours will be a viewing of the film, “Charlottesville,” which documents the events leading up to and including August 11-12.  The second half will be a panel discussion with women activists, followed by participation from the audience.  In between the film and panel will be a presentation of the annual Gregory H. Swanson Award, given to a law student who exemplifies “courage, perseverance and a commitment to justice.”