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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.
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Upcoming Events

September 18-20, 2014

1619: The Making of America - For more information or to register online, visit

October 2014

To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade. An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia exploring the state's role in the forced migration of enslaved persons to the Deep South in the first half of the 19th century.

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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.