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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 17 - 21, 2022

January 17 - 21, 2022

If you are in need of an accommodation, please contact, Kimberly Clark-Shaw, Director of the BCC, at or Michelle Carter, Director of Diversity Engagement at


Event details for the 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week will be updated here as they become available.


MLK 2022 Jazz Brunch

Taubman Museum of Art
110 Salem Ave SE
Roanoke, VA 24011

>> Free tickets here <<

Featuring live music from Soulcoustics

*There will be a cash bar onsite

MLK Celebration 2022 Jazz Brunch
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Monday, January 17, 2022 | 7:00pm

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.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 12:00pm - 9:00pm

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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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 6:00pm

"Rise Up" with Angélique Kidjo

Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center
>> Free tickets here <<

Renowned musician and activist Angélique Kidjo speaks to the role and power of the arts in the global struggle to secure human rights for all.
A pan-African music superstar, Kidjo has committed her life to advocacy, earning a UNICEF ambassadorship and founding Batonga, an association providing young African women with secondary and higher education.
Celebrate Virginia Tech’s annual commemoration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with one of today’s most inspiring voices for social change.

Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 7:30pm

Angélique Kidjo Performance

Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center
>> Purchase tickets here <<

Ticket Information

  • Category A $55 | Category B $40 | Category C $25
  • $10 students with ID and youth 18 and under

Kidjo’s interpretation of the Talking Heads’ classic 1980 album, Remain in Light, was recorded with superstar producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, and Beyoncé), taking classic songs such as Crosseyed and Painless, Once in a Lifetime, and Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) and reinterpreting them with electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals.

Friday, January 21, 2022 | 12:00pm (Noon)

BCC Lunch & Learn with Andrea Baldwin

BCC, 126 Squires Student Center

BCC Speaker Series: VTable Talks
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Friday, January 21, 2022 | 12:00pm -1:00pm


how swarming bacteria integrate signals to build communities


MLK 2022 - Dr. Karine Gibbs
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Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 2:00pm


100 Hancock

Aaron Turner is a photographer and educator currently based in Arkansas. He uses photography as a transformative process to understand the ideas of home and resilience in two main areas of the U.S., the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas. Aaron also uses the 4x5 view camera to create still-life studies on identity, history, blackness as material, and abstraction. Aaron received his M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He was a 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence at Syracuse University, 2019 EnFoco Photography Fellow, a 2020 Visual Studies Workshop Project Space A-I-R, a 2020 Artist 360 Mid-America Arts Alliance Grant Recipient, the 2021 Houston Center for Photography Fellowship Recipient, and a recipient of the 2021 Creators Lab Photo Fund from Google’s Creator Labs & the Aperture Foundation

Click here for more information about Aaron Turner:

Aaron Turner Poster
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Community Events

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 <<

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