Area events to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luher King Jr.

1/17/2020, 6 a.m.
The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the “Drum Major for Justice,” will be celebrated across the Metro Richmond …

The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the “Drum Major for Justice,” will be celebrated across the Metro Richmond area.

While the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader is Monday, Jan. 20, area events will be held on several days surrounding the official holiday.

Mayor Stoney

Mayor Stoney

For many individuals and organizations, Jan. 20 will be a day of action and service.

The City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and Mayor Levar M. Stoney are hosting “MLK Day: A Day On, Not A Day Off” that begins at 9 a.m. with a remembrance ceremony at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh St., in Jackson Ward.

There will be speakers and a presen- tation by The Valentine, followed by guided tours of the museum’s permanent exhibits at 10 a.m. and self-directed tours of the newest exhibit, “Paradox of Liberty — Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello.” Following the tours, participants may volunteer with a variety of service projects around the city from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Registration: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFXVDHT

HandsOn Greater Richmond also has a sign-up page for a variety of service opportunities for Monday, Jan. 20. Details: www.handsonrva.org/mlkdayofservice.

Del. Filler-Corn

Del. Filler-Corn

Following is a list of events commemorating Dr. King’s life and legacy:

Friday, Jan. 17, 7:30 a.m. Virginia Union University’s 42nd Annual Community Leaders Breakfast, Richmond Marriott Hotel, 500 E. Broad St. Keynote speaker: Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, the first woman speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. Information and tickets: (804) 342-3938 or www.vuu. edu.

Dr Wilson

Dr Wilson

Sunday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m. “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City” documentary at the Byrd Theater, 2908 W. Cary St., sponsored by HandsOn Greater Richmond and its partners. The film will be followed by a discussion. The film is free, but registration is requested at www.eventbrite.com/e/mlk-day-film-discuss.

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 to 4 p.m. “Reflections and Dialogue on the Fierce Urgency of Now,” Virginia Commonwealth University’s Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., with moderator Dr. Jamelle Smith Wilson. This event includes a buffet meal, short film and moderated open discussion with Dr. Wilson. Information: www.mlkday.vcu.edu/event-schedule.

Ms. White

Ms. White

Ms. Taylor

Ms. Taylor

Monday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historic Evergreen Cemetery Restoration Project with VCU faculty, staff and students. Transportation from VCU Student Commons will be provided. After the project, lunch and small group reflections about the experience at the University Student Commons. Information and registration: www.mlkday.vcu. edu/event-schedule.

Monday, Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2020 Dr. King Day of Advocacy at the State Capitol, Patrick Henry Building’s East Reading Room, 111 E. Broad St., sponsored by Brown Virginia, a coalition of organizations working with nonprofit and non-partisan organizations dedicated to encouraging African-American civic participation. Presentations and panels by members of the House of Delegates and state Senate, member of the governor’s cabinet and other organizations. The day ends with visits to state lawmakers in their Richmond offices in the Pocahontas Building. Breakfast and lunch are included. Information and registration: brownva1979@gmail.com or Facebook page: Dr. King Day of Advocacy at the VA State Capitol.

Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. Richmond’s Mass Meeting, Sixth Baptist Church, 400 S. Addison St., sponsored by Living the Dream Inc., formerly Community Learning Week. Presentation of “Harriet Tubman,” a one-woman show by Charmaine C. White. Information: Rev. Ricardo L. Brown, (804) 355-1044.

Monday, Jan. 20, 11:30 a.m. “The Legacy Continues,” the 34th annual celebration sponsored by the Henrico County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Association, Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave. Keynote speaker: Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon L. Taylor. Details: (804) 218-0549.

Monday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St. Volunteer opportunities with the Library of Virginia, the East End Cemetery or Soles for Souls. Information: Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or (804) 692-3792.

Monday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MLK Family Day, featuring activities such as dance, music and crafts that help children ages 2 to 12 understand the meaning of the Civil Rights Movement. University of Richmond, Modlin Center for theArts. Information: www.commonground.richmond.edu/programs/mlk.

Sen. McClellan

Sen. McClellan

Monday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m. “A New Day Has Come: What Are We Learning About Our Past?” Wilton Center Multifaith Room, 126 UR Drive, University of Richmond. Presenters will share their recently released findings about a burial ground on the UR campus and the history of the land where the university now sits. Information: www.commonground. richmond.edu/programs/mlk

Monday, Jan. 20, 3:30 to 5 p.m. UR Camp Concert Hall, All-Campus Commemoration Ceremony, featuring student and community performances. Information: www.commonground.richmond.edu/programs/mlk.

Monday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m. 18th Annual Martin Luther King Drum Major Awards Program and Reception, sponsored by Boaz & Ruth, Urban Financial Services Coalition and Fifth Street Baptist Church, at the church, 2800 Third

Ave. Keynote speaker: Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan. Program will honor people and organizations in the community, and will award the first Eugene Mason Lifetime Achievement Award named for the late Richmond School Board and City Council member who died in August. Details and registration: www. eventbrite.com or (804) 329-4900.

Monday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m. Annual Candlelight Vigil in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at VCU. Vigil starts at The Depot on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus, 814 W. Broad St., a tribute to Dr. King with music by VCU’s Black Awakening Choir and lighting of candles. Information: Elyjah Foster at fostereo@mymail.vcu.edu.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, noon to 1 p.m. VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 907 Floyd Ave., Suite 215, “Dispelling the Myths: ‘Hidden Figures.’ ” View the film starring Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, the Hamp- ton Roads mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other space missions. Free and open to the public. Information: www.mlkday.vcu.edu/event-schedule.

Friday, Jan. 24, 1 to 2:15 p.m. Women of Color Discussion Group: Women in the Movement. VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 907 Floyd Ave., Suite 215. Free and open to the public. Information: www.mlkday.vcu.edu/event-schedule.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Saving Black Men, Empowering Black Families Symposium,” Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center, Virginia Union University, sponsored by Living the Dream Inc., formerly Community Learning Week. Information: Rev. Ricardo L. Brown, (804) 355-1044.