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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Floor speeches delivered by The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III and The Honorable Jennifer L. McClellan at the January 20, 2014 Commission meeting.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
Scholastic Student Art Content (pdf)
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Upcoming Events

October 2013 - May 2014

The E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., Teachers Institute, Teaching American History, will be held on select evenings over the course of the 2013–14 school year.

April 3 - 6, 2014

Emancipation Proclamation Day Parade and Reenactment of Lincoln's visit to Richmond and Petersburg.

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission and Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Subcommittee work together ensure that King's famous dream of a "Beloved Community" becomes a reality in Virginia. The Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation is their largest joint project, focusing attention to one of the most important documents in United States' history.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, a statutory and bipartisan agency of the Virginia General Assembly, was created in 1992 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. King, and to continue his work through educational, historical and cultural programs, public policy analysis, and public discourse on contemporary issues. The Commission also oversees two subcommittees, The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Subcommittee and the Special Subcommittee on Public School Closings in Virginia.