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Martin Luther King Day 2018

Recognizing that the work of Dr. King remains unfinished, the University of Richmond is committed to thoughtful consideration of his legacy, his vision, and their implications for our current moment. In 2018 the Martin Luther King holiday falls on Monday, January 15, with spring semester classes beginning the following day. 

The University's theme for Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2018 is "Activating The Beloved Community," which we plan to explore and honor through the following:

Campus Commemoration in Camp Concert Hall, Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Additional MLK Day Activities - No Registration Required

While the calendar prevents us from doing as robust a slate of MLK Day On activities as we have in the past, there will be service and learning activities throughout the week in which our whole community is welcome to participate. 

  • A screening of the film, Selma,  Monday, January 15, 7 pm, Jepson 120 (new location). Come early for pizza and a drop in service activity making birthday cards for underserved youth between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. 
  • A screening of the film Hidden Figures,  Sunday, January 14, 4:30 pm at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown.  Register here. Free and open to the public. 
  • A CCE brown bag discussion on "What is Anti-Racist work?" by Glyn Hughes of Common Ground, Friday, January 19, 12:30 pm, THC 305.

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  • Service Event: Blankets of Warmth and Love, for Elk Hill Residential Program - FULL

Imagine walking into a strange room and being told you live here now. You’re disoriented, anxious, thirteen, and alone. This is reality for teens entering Elk Hill’s residential programs through foster care. Volunteers will be making no-sew fleece blankets and handwriting welcome cards that will be given to each youth upon arriving at Elk Hill. You can learn more at This project will be in the Carl E. Davis Room, UR Law School from 10:00 am -12:00 pm.

  • Service Event: Clearing the Overgrown Landscape at East End Cemetery

A traditional African American cemetery in Henrico County, East End has suffered decades of neglect and counts on volunteers to clear brush and restore pathways, often discovering mislaid grave markers along the way. There is room for 20 individuals to accompany two classes doing service at the cemetery from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 20. Transportation will be provided. Please register by Jan. 18 at noon.

  • Service Event: Arts and Crafts with the Residents at Commonwealth Senior Living

Join members of URPD as they bring students to this senior care facility which houses both assisted living and memory care patients. 1:00 pm departure on Saturday, January 20 to return no later than 4:00 pm. Transportation provided. 

  • "Slow Journalism and the Beloved Community" a workshop and walking tour of historic Jackson Ward with Don Belt, National Geographic writer and editor, Friday afternoon, January 19 from 3:30 - 5:30.  Slow journalism, based on the Out of Eden Walk – a 7-year, 22,000-mile trek around the world launched by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Salopek in early 2013, invites writers and storytellers to slow down and get to know communities more deeply. Jackson Ward, once known as the “Harlem of the South,” is rich in African-American history and a dynamic downtown neighborhood today. Participants traveling from campus may take the 3 p.m. shuttle from Tyler Haynes Commons to UR Downtown and return on the 5:25 p.m. shuttle. Registration is required.

To learn more about Dr. King's use of The Beloved Community concept, we suggest starting with The King Center website