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.

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

Featuring speakers and panelists:
  • ​​Dr. Jody L. Allen, The Lemon Project
  • 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
Moderated by Commission Chair Senator Jennifer L. McClellan
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July 11, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
High Street Baptist Church, Danville

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

Past Programs

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