Area commemorations honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1/18/2019, 6 a.m.
A host of speeches and events will take place starting this week honoring the legacy and memory of civil rights ...

Virginia Commonwealth University will host several events for the 2019 MLK Celebration Week. All events are free and open to the public. This year’s theme: “We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident.”

Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson

Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson

Sunday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m. The Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church will discuss “Access and Opportunity in Higher Education,” at VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad Street. Reception, followed by the keynote address at 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m. MLK Silent Candlelight Vigil March, starting at the VCU Arts Depot, 814 W. Broad St., ending at James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., sponsored by Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and VCU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m. Jason Kamras, superintendent of Richmond Public Schools, will discuss public schooling as a right, VCU James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., Lecture Hall 303.

Friday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m. Congressman A. Donald McEachin will discuss fair housing as a right, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St.

Details: www.mlkday.vcu.edu

The University of Richmond will host several events around this year’s theme, “Infinite Hope.”

Christy Coleman

Christy Coleman

Monday, Jan. 21, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Commemoration ceremony with keynote speaker, Christy Coleman, chief executive officer of the American Civil War Museum, Modlin Center for the Arts, Camp Concert Hall. A reception will follow in Booth Lobby.

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m. Civil rights Richmond panel discussion, Modlin Center for the Arts, featuring photographer Brian Palmer; Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams; Elvatrice Belsches, public historian and author; Laura Browder, oral historian and UR American studies professor; and Ashley Kistler, curator. Discussion is in conjunction with the new UR exhibit, “Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers,” oral histories with photographic portraits of 30 Richmond residents whose lives were altered by their experiences as children and youth during the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit, which will be on view through May 10 at the Harnett Museum of Art at the Modlin Center for the Arts, will be open at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg will host a moderated conversation with journalist Roland S. Martin on “Fulfilling the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium. The event, sponsored by the W&M Center for Student Diversity and the Student Assembly, is free and open to the public.