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Monday, January 15:

  • MLK Holiday

Tuesday, January 16:

  • The Sovereignty of the Imagination: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Politics of Freedom, 2:30 p.m., Biocomplexity Institute Auditorium
  • MLK Oration Competition, 7 p.m., GLC multipurpose room

Wednesday, January 17:

  • 2018 MLK Keynote: An Evening with Kamau Bell of United Shades of America, 7 p.m., Moss Arts Center Auditorium: The Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, (free admission - no tickets necessary)

Thursday, January 18:

  • Black Liberation Talk (BLT) Futility or Hope: Afro-Pessimism After MLK with Dr. Ellington Graves, 12 noon, Black Cultural Center

  • Department of Psychology, Diversity and Performance: Is Hierarchy Helpful or a Hindrance? with Dr. Derek Avery, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather. We regret any inconvenience.

  • VT Expressions Presents: Speak Your Peace, Art for Action, 6 p.m., The Cube, Moss Arts Center

  • MLK Annual School-Aged Children’s Art Exhibit: Truth, Perspective Art Gallery 1/18-2/28

Friday, January 19:

  • More than a Soundbite with Yolanda Avent, 12 noon, Black Cultural Center

  • 7th Annual MLK Seminar in the Life Sciences: “Genes or gene regulation? Understanding the Evolutionary Genetics of Flightlessness in Birds”, 12:20 p.m., Biocomplexity Center auditorium

January 19-20:

  • VT Engage Prison and Re-entry service trip. Register Here. For more information contact Jess Davis of VT Engage 540-231-6947 or

Saturday, January 20:

  • Community Dialogue on Race: Law Enforcement, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Christiansburg Middle School.

Thursday, January 25:

  • Memory Works: Public Spaces, Monuments, and Memorials with Julian Bonder, 2 p.m., 100 Hancock Hall.

Sunday, January 28:

  • L.A. Theatre Works’ Susan Albert Loewenberg, producing director, presents "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall, 4 p.m., Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center


In partnership with Dr. Virgil Wood, the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech and Virginia Union University, are pleased to announce the 2018 Beloved Community Initiative (BCI) Essay Contest for junior and senior students at high schools across Virginia.

2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee:

  • Chair: Kimberly Williams, Assistant Director, Black Cultural Center

  • Luis Garay, Assistant Director, LGBTQ+ Center

  • Joseph Frazier, Assistant Director, Cultural and Community Centers

  • Dr. Brandy Faulkner, Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science

  • Craig Arthur, Teaching and Learning Engagement Librarian, University Libraries

  • Jon Catherwood-Ginn, Associate Director of Programming, Moss Arts Center

  • Laurie Brogdon, Director of External Relations, Computer Science

  • Edmée Rodriguez-Hasler, Marketing Coordinator, Office for Inclusion and Diversity

  • Alexa Parsley, Inclusive VT Fellow, Office of Inclusion for Diversity

  • Mallory Foutch, Program Coordinator, Women’s Center

  • Jessica Davis, Student Engagement Coordinator, VT Engage

  • Lamar Walker, Assistant Director of Student Programming, Student Engagement and Campus Life