Event Schedule

Week-long Events

School Supply Collection Drive: Collection of pencils to benefit Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School will occur throughout the celebration week at all events.

Book Collection Drive: Collection of lightly used books to benefit Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School will occur throughout the celebration week at all events. Note: books must be age appropriate for 10- to 15-year-old readers.

Collection Drive Locations:

  • Monroe Park Campus -
    • School of Business Career Services (Suite B1102)
    • University Student Commons - OMSA (Suite 205, Second Level), Career Center (Suite 143, First Level), Information Desk (Commons Lobby)
  • MCV Campus -
    • Larrick Student Center - Information Desk (Lobby)
    • Hunton Student Center - Dean's Office (Second Floor)

 

Monday, Jan. 16

University Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (National Observed)

MLK Silent Candlelight Vigil

Monday, Jan. 16, 7:06 p.m.

Begins at the VCUarts Depot, 814 W. Broad St., Monroe Park Campus

A candlelight vigil will be held to commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Participants will engage in a silent vigil and march, which will begin at the VCUarts Depot, 814 W. Broad St., Monroe Park Campus. This event will include a brief dialogue on King's legacy. 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 17

MLK Birthday Celebration and Service

Tuesday, Jan. 17, Noon

Commons Lobby, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus
Larrick Student Center, MCV Campus

VCU community members will celebrate King's contributions and principles, while participating in service projects to support elder care residents and military families. (Program will occur at both locations at same time.)

 

Campus Climate Discussion

Tuesday, Jan. 17, Noon

Virginia Rooms, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Research on diversity and student success in higher education has identified campus climate as a critical framework for understanding why not all students thrive equally even with access to the same educational opportunities. This session is designed to bring students, faculty and staff together to discuss the current VCU campus climate. Campus climate includes but is not limited to: institutional history, policies, and structures, perceptions and attitudes of the campus community. This conversation will focus on exploring ways to support the most marginalized members of our community.

 

“More than a Soundbite” Teach-In

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Room 215, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Faculty, staff and students will discuss and learn about the stories behind Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speeches.

 

MLK Legacy Night

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m.

Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Faculty, staff and students are invited to an evening of fun, reflection and novelty! Guests can create unique keepsakes, take photos with fun props, enjoy light refreshments and more. All activities will signify or represent aspects of King's legacy.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Blood Drive – MCV Campus

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Court End Ballroom and Jackson Ward Room, Larrick Student Center, MCV Campus

One unit of blood can save three lives! Participants can continue King's legacy of service by donating blood from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Court End and Jackson Ward rooms in Larrick Student Center. All blood collected benefits Virginia Blood Services. No appointments are necessary, but participants are asked to be hydrated before donating.

 

“Brother Outsider” Documentary

Wednesday, Jan. 18, Noon

Commons Theater, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will show clips from the documentary highlighting the contributions of Bayard Rustin to the Civil Rights Movement. In addition, guests will discuss the overall impact of the LGBTQIA+ community during the Civil Rights Movement.

 

MLK Keynote Speaker - Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.

Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., author, media personality and Morehouse College professor, will deliver a keynote address on race, politics and social justice.

 

Thursday, Jan. 19

Blood Drive – Monroe Park Campus

Thursday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

One unit of blood can save three lives! Participants can continue King's legacy of service by donating blood from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom in University Student Commons. All blood collected benefits Virginia Blood Services. No appointments are necessary, but participants are asked to be hydrated before donating.

 

VCU Health Sciences Community Service

Thursday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 815 E. Grace Street, Richmond, Va. 23219

VCU Health Sciences students will offer foot examinations, vital signs, blood glucose checks and oral health screenings to Emmaus’s clients at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, under the mentorship of VCU Health Sciences professional faculty.

 

Homelessness in Richmond: A Community Conversation

Thursday, Jan. 19, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

ASPiRE Building, West Grace South Residence Hall, Room 1004A, 835 W. Grace St.

Who are the homeless people you encounter everyday? What can you do to help? The Division of Community Engagement will host a forum to discuss homelessness in Richmond. Speakers will include Sarah K. Price, Ph.D., Associate Professor, VCU School of Social Work, and Susan Sekerke, Advancement Coordinator, The Daily Planet. Anyone interested in addressing homelessness is encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

 

MLK Cafe and Design

Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

Richmond Salons, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Join Black Art Student Empowerment, Good Clear Sound and Tuesday Verses for an evening of spoken word, food, entertainment and painting!

 

Friday, Jan. 20

Community Service – MLK Middle School

Friday, Jan. 20, Shifts between 10 a.m - 12:30 p.m.

1000 Mosby St., Richmond, Va. 23223

VCU faculty, staff and students will be able to sign up to volunteer and interact with students of MLK Middle School. To register, please complete the registration form.

Transportation will be provided by ASPiRE. Please report to the front of the ASPiRE Building/W. Grace Street Residence Hall (835 W. Grace Street) 15 minutes prior to volunteer time. Contact Beverly Walker (bwalker@vcu.edu) if your schedule changes or for any questions. 

 

Get Youth Engaged Social

Friday, Jan. 20, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

VCUarts Depot, Monroe Park Campus

Members of the VCU community are invited to join in an activity hour with students from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. Volunteers are needed throughout the event to help with activities, games and fun.

 

Activities Programming Board Movies: “Loving”

Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

Commons Theater, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Loving is a 2016 drama which follows the courtship and marriage of an interracial couple whose violation of Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws eventually lead to the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, which holds that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.

 

Activities Programming Board Movies: “Driving Miss Daisy”

Friday, Jan. 20, 9:30 p.m.

Commons Theater, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Driving Miss Daisy is the 1989 comedy-drama about the life-changing friendship between an elderly Jewish woman and an African American chauffeur in the South.

 

Saturday, Jan. 21

MLK Service Saturday

Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Harris Hall Auditorium, Harris Hall, Monroe Park Campus

VCU faculty, staff and students will volunteer in a day of service to benefit the Black History and Cultural Center of Virginia, Children's Museum of Richmond and East End Cemetery Restoration Project, and, later, return for lunch and a discussion on the impact of community service. Participants must register online at RamsConnect. Transportation and lunch​ will be provided.

 

Activities Programming Board Movies: “Driving Miss Daisy”

Saturday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Commons Theater, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Driving Miss Daisy is the 1989 comedy-drama about the life-changing friendship between an elderly Jewish woman and an African American chauffeur in the South.

 

Activities Programming Board Movies: “Loving”

Saturday, Jan. 21, 9:30 p.m.

Commons Theater, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Loving is a 2016 drama which follows the courtship and marriage of an interracial couple whose violation of Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws eventually lead to the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, which holds that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.

 

Sunday, Jan. 22

MLK Community Dinner

Sunday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m.

Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

VCU and Richmond community members will enjoy performances, including one by the Richmond Boys Choir, remarks from Latonya Waller, VCU alumna and principal of T. C. Boushall Middle School and engage in community conversations. To RSVP, please visit http://mlkday.vcu.edu/community-dinner/.