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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

    One of the many enduring legacies of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is how his life, his words, and his dreams inspire people to come together to continue his important work.  People with a variety of life experiences seek others who share the vision of the Beloved Community.  This year’s committee was just such a group of people. To commemorate and celebrate Dr. King, we followed the call of Dr. Berneice King, CEO of the King Center and daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, who calls us to educate, advocate, and activate.  The speakers and events of the week, including our keynote address by Dr. Fania Davis, sought to answer that call. 

    Thank you to all the units across the Virginia Tech campus that had events during the week.  Planning events is tedious work, even when you are inspired, but it was even more challenging this year as we continued to deal with a pandemic and added a snowstorm to the mix.

    Thank you to all the units that supported these events.  Our keynote event had support from Technology-enhanced Learning Opportunities and Strategies (TLOS) and Business and Management Systems (BAMS).  We could not have successfully moved to a virtual event without their knowledge and skills.  Thanks to everyone at the Moss Arts Center and to the staff of the Office for Inclusion and Diversity for all your hard work promoting these events.

    Thank you to each of you that attended these events.  We hope that you were inspired, that you learned, that you were moved to action in pursuit of Beloved Community.

    Our committee shares a vision.  Our committee shares a commitment.  We also shared a lot of laughter.  We learned from this experience and from each other.  We did all of this while meeting virtually.  Kellie, Victoria, and Jon, thank you for your time, your energy, and your commitment, not just to the work of the committee, but to the shared vision of the Beloved Community.

 

Sincerely,

Kim Clark-Shaw, Chairperson, Director of the Black Cultural Center

Michelle Carter, Co-Chairperson, Director of Diversity Engagement, Office for Inclusion and Diversity

 

2022 Committee Members

Kellie Shaver, Associate Director, Business Operations, Athletics Business Office 

Victoria Ferguson, Program Coordinator Solitude, Office for Inclusion and Diversity 

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



Interested in Joining the 2023 MLK Celebration Committee?  Please complete the Interest Form!  We will contact you soon!

2022 EVENTS


Restorative Justice - Fania Davis, J.D., Ph.D.

The recording is available on the InclusiveVT YouTube channel:
>> InclusiveVT on YouTube <<

Fania E. Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge.


Experience Black Love Exhibit

Perspective Gallery

Exhibit Dates:

January 18th - February 27, 2022 in the Perspective Gallery


Call for Art Submissions
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BCC Lunch & Learn with Andrea Baldwin

BCC, 126 Squires Student Center

BCC Speaker Series: VTable Talks
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Community Events

***POSTPONED***

Saturday, January 29, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:30pm

Dialogue on Race 2022 WINTER SUMMIT
"Critical Race Theory & Systemic Racism:
A Community Meeting"

Christiansburg Middle School
1205 Buffalo Dr.
Christiansburg, VA 24073

>> Register Here <<

POSTPONED

DIALOGUE ON RACE 2022 WINTER SUMMIT
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 10 A.M.
TO ASSURE EVERYONE'S SAFETY

 

RESCHEDULED

SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022; 10:00 a.m.
Christiansburg Middle School
1205 Buffalo Dr.
Christiansburg, VA 24073

 

A Community Meeting

Understanding Critical Race Theory and Systemic Racism. How they impact the issue areas:

  • Education
  • Law Enforcement
  • Employment and Wage Gap
  • Jim Crow/White Privilege Culture

Limited Presence of African Americans in Community Civic Leadership

"Tell everyone they need to register if they want to attend the March 26 rescheduled Winter Summit. It's the same program about Critical Race Theory and Systemic Racism. But everyone needs to register who plans to attend. Even folks who had registered for the January 29th event?  Yes. It's a new day and time."

Please share with others that the Winter Summit has been postponed due to inclement weather forecast to assure everyone's safety.

Registration for March 26 will open shortly.

Thank you for your incredible help and support. More than 300 of you community members registered for the January 29 event. We anticipate as many will register for March 26. Thank you!


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