In 2018, the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission invites the public to remember the life and legacy of Dr. King in a series of roundtables held in each of the Virginia communities that he visited. Join the Commission, community leaders, educators, historians, and members of the community in reexamining Dr. King's time in the Commonwealth, reflecting on his dream in Virginia today, and asking, as Dr. King did, "Where do we go from here?"

MLK Roundtables

Upcoming Programs

All programs are free and open to the public.

September 26, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Harvey Library Meeting Room, Hampton University

October 30, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
New Calvary Baptist Church, Norfolk

More information to come on roundtables to held in Hopewell, Newport News, Norfolk, and Petersburg.

Past Programs

August 1, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
E.C. Glass High School, Lynchburg

Featuring speakers and panelists:
  • Dr. James Coleman, Providence Transformation Church International
  • Dr. Crystal Edwards, Superintendent, Lynchburg City Schools
  • Delores Fowler, Civic and Community Leader
  • Chuck Moran, Witness to Dr. King's Visit to Lynchburg
  • Manan Shah, University of Virginia Student
  • Dr. Aaron Smith, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, University of Lynchburg
  • Mayor Treney Tweedy, City of Lynchburg

Moderated by Commission Chair Senator Jennifer L. McClellan

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In the news:
50 years after MLK, Lynchburg talks action toward 'beloved community', The News and Advance, August 2, 2018
Beloved Community Roundtable revisits MLK's dream 50 years after his assassination, WSET, August 2, 2018
Lynchburg community gathers for MLK community conversations, WSLS, August 2, 2018

July 24, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk

Featuring speakers and panelists:
  • Delegate Cliff Hayes, 77th District
  • Helivi Holland, City Attorney, City of Suffolk
  • Bishop James Johnson, Hill Street Worship Center, Inc.
  • Mayor Linda T. Johnson, City of Suffolk
  • Ruby Walden, Civic and Community Leader
  • Dr. Felton Whitfield, District Superintendent and Pastor

Moderated by Commission Chair Senator Jennifer L. McClellan

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In the news:
Commission discusses King's dream, Suffolk News Herald, July 25, 2018

July 11, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
High Street Baptist Church, Danville

Featuring speakers and panelists:
  • Bishop Lawrence Campbell, Bible Way Cathedral
  • Reverend Thurman O. Echols, Moral Hill Missionary Baptist Church
  • Emma Edmunds, History United
  • Senator Janet Howell, Thirty-Second District of Virginia
  • Reverend Avon Keen, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Virginia Chapter
  • Mayor Alonzo Jones, City of Danville
  • Dr. Cecilia Moore, University of Dayton
  • Councilman Sherman Saunders, City of Danville
  • Senator Bill Stanley, Twentieth District of Virginia

Moderated by Commission Chair Senator Jennifer L. McClellan

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June 6, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Williamsburg

Featuring speakers and panelists:
  • Reverend Reginald Davis, First Baptist Church
  • Reverend Christopher Epperson, Bruton Parish Episcopal Church
  • COL Lafayette Jones, James City County Historical Commission
  • Senator Monty Mason, First District of Virginia
  • Brian J. Smalls, York-James City-Williamsburg Branch NAACP
  • Dr. Robert Vinson, Associate Professor of History & Africana Studies, William & Mary

Moderated by Commission Chair Senator Jennifer L. McClellan

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April 24, 2018, First Baptist Church, Farmville

Featuring speakers and panelists:
  • ​​Reverend James Ashton, First Baptist Church
  • Megan Clark, Commonwealth's Attorney, Prince Edward Counth
  • James Ghee, President, Prince Edward County Branch NAACP
  • Skip Griffin, Civil Rights Leader and Son of Rev. L. Francis Griffin
  • Dorothy Holcomb, Chair, Moton Museum Council
  • Cameron Patterson, Managing Director, Moton Museum
  • Senator Mark J. Peake
  • Dr. J. Michael Utzinger, Elliott Professor of Religion, Hampden-Sydney College
  • Farmville Mayor David Whitus

Moderated by Commission Chair Senator Jennifer L. McClellan

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In the news:
Creating a 'Beloved Community,' Farmville Herald, April 27, 2018

March 13, 2018, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Featuring speakers and panelists:
  • Pastor Lehman Bates of Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Dr. Andrea Douglas, Executive Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Dr. Wesley Harris, who helped arrange a visit by Dr. King to Charlottesville as a student in 1963
  • University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan
  • Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah J Walker

Moderated by Commission Chair Senator Jennifer L. McClellan

Hosted in partnership with the University of Virginia's Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity
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In the news:
55 years later, panelists ponder King's question: Where do we go from here?' UVA Today, March 14, 2018
Panel reflects on King's legacy in Charlottesville area, The Daily Progress, March 13, 2018
Williams: Fifty years after his death, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message is more relevant than ever, Richmond Times Dispatch, April 4, 2018

March 1, 2018, Virginia Union University, Richmond

Featuring speakers and panelists:
  • Jamar A. Boyd II, VUU graduate student
  • Senator Henry L. Marsh, III
  • Delegate Delores McQuinn, 70th District
  • Benjamin Ragsdale, Civil Rights activist and historian
  • Dr. Jim Somerville, First Baptist Church of Richmond
  • Mayor Levar Stoney, City of Richmond
  • Dr. Corey Walker, VUU Vice President
  • Rev. Janie Walker, Richmond Hill

Moderated by Commission Chair Senator Jennifer L. McClellan

Hosted in partnership with Virginia Union University
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In the news:
King Encounters, Richmond Magazine, April 4, 2018