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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

MLK 2020 Celebration - The fierce urgency of now

"The Fierce Urgency of Now"

If you are in need of an accommodation, please contact Yolanda Avent at 540-231-8584 or email

Event Schedule

Peaceful Ends

  • January 21 - February 29
  • Squires Student Center, Perspective Gallery
  • Reception: Friday, January 24, 5 -7 p.m. (Free and open to the public)
  • Peaceful Ends is Perspective Gallery’s annual exhibit celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and is created by regional children and teens In grades K – 12. Each year a quote by Dr. King is chosen as a prompt for inspiration. This year, participants were challenged to create an artwork that reflected on Dr. King’s quote, “We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means…” (December 24, 1967), using the media of their choice. Schools participating created their own project so each classes’ interpretation is unique.

Faculty And Staff Jazz Brunch

  • 12 - 2 p.m.
  • Omni Place Event Center, 7331-B Lee Hwy, Fairlawn, VA 24141
  • Hosted By The Virginia Tech Black Caucus and The Office For Inclusion And Diversity

Keynote: Central Park/Exonerated Five

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Moss Arts Center, Anne And Ellen Fife Theatre

Ninth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Seminar

  • 12:20 p.m.
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Steger Hall Auditorium
  • Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa, Rice University, “Worms, Germs, and Buffalo: A Coinfection Story”

#VTDITC: Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech Studio Hours

  • 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Newman Library, Media Design Studio B
  • Record a song or poem to honor Dr. King’s legacy! Reserve a time at

Dialogue On Race Winter Summit

  • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Christiansburg High School, 100 Independence Boulevard, Christiansburg