"Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of justice for all people."


- "When Peace Becomes Obnoxious," March 18, 1956

A Message From Dr. Rao

Get Up, Stand Up: The Other Part of the Dream

A performance and talkback honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written especially for VCU's 2022 MLK Celebration, this show explores Dr. King's lesser known speeches, sermons and writings, illuminating his call to action and what it means for us as a community today. 

Every performance will include a facilitated talkback with the audience, cast and crew.

Free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, performances will adhere to COVID protocols: masks required, temperature checks and socially distanced seating. 

Scheduled performances:

January 17, 7PM: Boys and Girls Club, 1830 Creighton Rd

January 19, 10AM: Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
January 19, 2:30PM: Armstrong High School
(Performances on January 19th are for Richmond Public School students only.)

January 22, 3PM: Robinson Theater Community Arts Center, 2903 Q St

January 23, 3PM: Grace Street Theatre, 934 W Grace St
This is a rescheduling of the originally planned Jan 16th event

 January 26, 7PM: University Student Commons

Event Sponsors
The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille 
Council President, Richmond City Council
Richmond East End 7th Voter District

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
Robinson Theater Community Arts Center
VCU Foundation
VCU Office of Development and Alumni Relations
VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
VCU Staff Senate
VCU Department of Dance and Choreography
VCU Health System Division of Community Health
VCU Office of Health Equity
VCU Health System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion



2022 MLK Celebration Program

Learn about: The Conciliation Lab

For the first time, this year's Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration at VCU has been structured around a new original theater piece devised for the event by Richmond's social justice theater company, The Conciliation Lab.

The mission of The Conciliation Lab (or TCL) is to bring together the people and organizations that are willing and ready to engage in the difficult work of un-doing Racism in America and to pursue the on-going search for viable activities, methodologies, and practices to help facilitate the conciliation of individual people, communities, and organizations. 

The Conciliation Lab was forged from two seemingly unlikely partners: TheatreLAB, a scrappy, innovative, and young theatre company focused on producing new and experimental works, and The Conciliation Project, a long-standing, rooted, and loosely structured theatre company focused on the process of undoing racism. The company is charting a new course toward racial conciliation, tightly weaving a base of support for future generations. It focuses on birthing new approaches toward conciliation from the past legacy of racial division collectively inherited over centuries of pain and strife. While that historical legacy can feel daunting to address, TCL has committed to helping our community persevere and thrive through the power of story, healing, and education. 



Cover story in Style Weekly magazine

TCL's event: "BlackList: a Celebration of Black Voices in American Theatre

Photo from theater production of Uncle Tom: Deconstructed

(From TCL production "Uncle Tom: Deconstructed")



TEDxRVA talk "The Naked Truth" by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates

VCUarts Faculty Lecture series, "From Shakespeare to Shange," featuring Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates

Photo from the theater production, The Genocide Trail

(From TCL production "Genocide Trail: a holocaust unspoken")


Logo of the social justice theater company, The Conciliation Lab