This January, UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in partnership with the Community MLK Celebration Planning Committee will provide donations to local non-profit organizations in the Charlottesville-Albemarle community. In the early stages of its planning, the committee determined that in light of all of the difficulties those in the local community have faced over the course of the pandemic, it wished to redirect funding typically reserved to host the annual keynote event toward local agencies who are making a difference and providing relief to those who need it most.
A subcommittee worked during fall of 2020 to identify six local Charlottesville-Albemarle non-profit organizations that are making significant and immediate positive impacts in the community. These organizations target the areas of food insecurity, rent relief, and education:
The 2021 Community MLK Celebration will take place virtually January 18-29 with an array of virtual events. Visit mlk.virginia.edu to view the full schedule.
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” could easily be written about our divided nation today, but it’s the title of a book Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. published more than 50 years ago.
Taking the title of King’s 1967 book as the theme of the 2021 Community MLK Celebration, the University of Virginia’s Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is planning a series of virtual events Jan. 18 through 31. (READ MORE)
Source: UVA Today (Anne Bromley)
Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay spoke Thursday night to a full house at the Paramount Theater about “the age of inelasticity” and how that makes it difficult to create a global community. The keynote speaker for the University of Virginia’s 2020 Community MLK Celebration, Gay took a casual approach, sitting in a comfortable chair on stage, yet delivered the honest, witty, on-point commentary for which she is known in her writing. Critics praised her 2017 book, “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,” as “an amazing achievement” and “a memoir that’s so brave, so raw, it feels as if she’s entrusting you with her soul.” She also published The New York Times best-selling collection of essays, “Bad Feminist,” in 2014, as well as the novel, “An Untamed State,” and short stories. At the Paramount, Gay split her time into reading two short essays and holding a question-and-answer session with the audience. Even though she read her work, she didn’t sound like she was giving a lecture; her clear and casual style made it feel like she was having a conversation. (READ MORE)
Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Community MLK Celebration in January.
The Community MLK Celebration keynote event will be held on January 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will become available through the Paramount Theater box office (http://www.theparamount.net/) on December 6th, 2019. at 10 a.m.
The event is presented by the University of Virginia Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in partnership with the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; Lifetime Learning in the Office of Engagement; the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost; the Vice Provost for the Arts; the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center; the School of Data Science; and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer.
Journalist April Ryan responded warmly to the enthusiastic crowd who not only came out on a freezing night Wednesday to hear her remarks at the Paramount Theater, but gave her a standing ovation as she took the stage as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Community Martin Luther King Celebration.
“That warms my heart on this cold night,” she said.
Ryan, who said she prefers to describe herself as a White House correspondent who is also a black woman, joked and chatted with members of the audience as she eschewed the lectern to stroll back and forth across the stage. In a conversational style, she touched on a range of topics from the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rallies in Charlottesville to the legacies of King and black women in American history. (READ MORE)
Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)
White House Correspondent April Ryan will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Community MLK Celebration in January.
Ryan's address is set for Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Ticket reservations may be made through the Paramount Theater box office: http://www.theparamount.net/event/2019-community-mlk-celebration-keynote...
The event is presented by the University of Virginia Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity, in partnership with the Frank M. Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Lifetime Learning in the Office of Engagement.
Every year, the University of Virginia’s Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, along with dozens of UVA departments and offices, partners with local organizations to offer a variety of events that echo and continue the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work for social justice, from interfaith services to talks with leading intellectuals and artists. This year’s schedule runs from Jan. 15 – which is officially recognized as Martin Luther King Jr. Day – through Feb. 5. The theme for the 2018 Community MLK Celebration is “Be the Difference.” (READ MORE)
Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)
Joy Reid, national correspondent for MSNBC and host of "AM Joy" and "The Reid Report," will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 Community MLK Celebration in January. Reid is the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide and is former managing editor of theGrio.com.
Reid's address is set for Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Ticket reservations may be made starting Friday, December 8th at 10am from www.theparamount.net.
Anita Hill has devoted her career to civil rights and women’s rights since those days in 1991 when she boldly testified about sexual harassment during U.S. Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Hill, for many years now a Brandeis University professor, spoke Thursday night to a packed Paramount Theater as the keynote speaker for the University of Virginia’s 2017 Community MLK Celebration to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (READ MORE)
Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)
On March 21, 1963 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to the University of Virginia to speak about civil rights.
Wesley Harris (Engr ’64), then chairman of the local chapter of the Virginia Council on Human Relations, was one of the students instrumental in bringing King to Charlottesville. For Harris, the visit was life changing. Years later Dr. William (Bill) Harris served as Dean of the Office of African American Affairs from 1976-1981.
On January 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., a plaque commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech will be unveiled in the auditorium of Old Cabell Hall. Donated by brothers William and Wesley Harris, the plaque will forever be a reminder of the speech that brought Dr. King’s legacy to UVA and Charlottesville.
Members of the media are invited to cover the unveiling and should arrive at 1:45 for interviews.
"A time comes when silence is betrayal,” the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1967, speaking out against the war in Vietnam. Those words serve as the theme for the 2017 Community MLK Celebration. More than 15 events at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville between Jan. 16 and Jan. 30 – from films and music to national speakers on issues of social justice and equality – will explore the concept of “Silence as Betrayal.” (READ MORE)
Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)
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 1993, 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.
Hill's keynote speech is set for Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
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The event “Black Lives Matter” featuring Alicia Garza on February 26th was cancelled at the request of the agency representing the speaker due to scheduling conflicts. The University of Virginia was notified of the cancellation Tuesday morning.
The lecture was originally scheduled in January as part of the 2016 Community MLK Celebration and was postponed due to inclement weather. At this time there are no plans to reschedule the event again.
The event time for “Black Lives Matter” by Alicia Garza at Old Cabell Hall on February 26th has been changed to 7:30 p.m. in order to accommodate a change in Ms. Garza’s schedule. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
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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 postponed due to inclement weather.
Free tickets can be reserved online now and picked up in person at the U.Va. Arts Box Office (located within the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road) Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.
For more information, see the event page.
This event is presented by the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity, in partnership with the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Due to expected inclement weather, Community MLK Celebration events that were scheduled for January 22-25 have been cancelled or rescheduled.
1/22 - "Unchained and Unbroken" Multimedia Event - CANCELLED
1/23 - Film Screening of "Bound" with Peres Owino - CANCELLED
1/23 - Exhibition Opening Reception on the Danville Civil Rights Movement - RESCHEDULED to 1/30, 6-8 p.m.
1/24 - 31st Annual Community Service at Mt. Zion FABC - RESCHEDULED to 1/31, 5 p.m.
1/25 - Keynote Address by Alicia Garza - CANCELLED - To be rescheduled this spring.
At this time, there are no other changes to the event calendar. Check back for updates.
Honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will bring together University of Virginia and local community members in the coming weeks. Read more here.
The Martin Luther King community choir has started rehearsing for this year's MLK celebration day. The choir held its first practice at Mount Zion first African Baptist Church in Charlottesville.
See the full article here.
As part of the 2015 Community MLK Celebration, the University Library sponsored a program during which members of the U.Va. community spoke out about why 'Black Lives Matter.'
Hundreds of people from the University of Virginia and surrounding communities gathered at more than 30 events over several weeks in January and early February 2013 to discuss and celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Watch the highlight video from the 2013 Community MLK Celebration.