Virginia Commonwealth University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week was established in 2014 to honor and raise awareness of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through VCU and Richmond community-wide educational programs that commemorate his distinguished contributions, leadership, spirit of service and dedication to nonviolence and justice.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first observed as a national holiday in 1986 and for more than 30 years, American institutions of higher education have organized celebrations to honor the late civil rights leader. MLK Celebration Week returns for a sixth year, from Sunday, Jan. 20 to Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. 

Watch Dr. Rao speak about the MLK Celebration »