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?"

Watch the first Beloved Community Roundtable in Richmond, March 1, 2018, at Virginia Union University:

Featuring VUU graduate student Jamar A. Boyd II, Senator Henry L. Marsh, III, MLK Commission Chair Senator Jennifer McClellan, Delegate Delores McQuinn, Civil Rights activist and historian Ben Ragsdale, Dr. Jim Somerville of Richmond's First Baptist Church, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, and VUU Vice President Dr. Corey Walker, Rev. Janie Walker of Richmond Hill. Hosted in partnership with Virginia Union University.

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MLK Roundtables

Upcoming Programs

All programs are free and open to the public.

March 13, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia
(parking and directions; registration recommended but not required)
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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

April 24, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Farmville

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

More information to come on Roundtables to be held in Danville, Hampton, Hopewell, Lynchburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, and Suffolk.