University’s MLK Celebration Plans Include Speakers, Worship, Volunteerism

"University of Virginia and local community members have the opportunity to attend a range of events over the latter half of January that will focus on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Among those expected to appear are retired Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas and keynote speaker Yaba Blay, whose commentary and activism focus on Black culture. There also will be several panel discussions on current topics related to race.

"UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion oversees the annual Community MLK Celebration program, and this year’s theme is “Celebrating the Dream, Continuing the Journey.” Because UVA observes Monday’s federal holiday and the semester doesn’t begin until Wednesday, events will take place over the following two weeks." (