The start of the Spring 2017 semester also marks the start of Virginia Commonwealth University’s fourth annual MLK Celebration Week. Beginning Monday, Jan. 16 and ending Sunday, Jan. 22, VCU will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a variety of programs and events. A complete list of events can be found at www.mlkday.vcu.edu.
Two week-long drives will occur during MLK Celebration Week 2017. A school supply collection drive will be gathering pencils and a book collection drive is looking for lightly used books. Both of these drives will benefit Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. Books should be appropriate for 10- to 15-year-old readers. Collection drive locations can be found on the Monroe Park Campus School of Business Career Services (suite B1102) and in the University Student Commons OMSA office (suite 205, second level), Career Center (suite 143, first level) and the information desk (Commons Lobby). On the MCV Campus, donations can be dropped off at the Larrick Student Center Information Desk and the Hunton Student Center Dean’s office.
Community Service and Volunteer Opportunities:
Although VCU will be closed on Jan. 16 for MLK Day, Jan. 16 is the National Day of Service. Hands on Greater Richmond will be providing community volunteer opportunities in the Richmond area. Visit www.handsonrva.org/mlkday for more information.
On Thursday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the VCU Health Sciences Community Service project will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Under the mentorship of VCU Health Sciences professional faculty, VCU Health Sciences students will offer foot examinations, vital signs, blood glucose checks and oral health screenings to Emmaus’s clients at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The following day, Friday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. VCU faculty, staff and students will volunteer and interact with students at MLK Middle School. To register for this community service project, please complete the registration form: https://docs.google.com/a/mymail.vcu.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWmkRoESQjqL8btehC5s9Fcfg4stt2xoR-uVJKk7IZbmQ0KA/viewform?c=0&w=1.
Lastly, MLK Service Saturday will take place on Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – volunteers should gather at Harris Hall Auditorium. VCU faculty, staff and students will volunteer to benefit several Richmond community non-profits, then have lunch and a discussion on the impact of community service. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided. To register for this community service project, visit RamsConnect: https://vcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/slic/calendar/details/1162541.
Additional Highlighted Events:
MLK Celebration 2017 is a week full of events that honor and celebrate MLK’s service and lifelong legacy. While these are just some of the highlights that the week will feature, a complete list of events can be found at www.mlkday.vcu.edu/event-schedule/.
MLK Silent Candlelight Vigil
Monday, Jan. 16, VCUarts Depot, 7:06 p.m.
This candlelight vigil will commemorate the life and legacy of MLK. Participants will engage in a silent vigil and march. The event will include a brief dialogue on King’s legacy.
MLK Birthday Celebration and Service
Tuesday, Jan. 17, Commons Lobby (Monroe Park) and Larrick Student Center (MCV), noon
VCU community members will celebrate King’s contributions and principles while participating in service projects to support elder care residents and military families.
MLK Legacy Night
Tuesday, Jan. 17, Commonwealth Ballroom, 6 p.m.
VCU faculty, staff and students will take part in an evening full of fun, reflection and novelty. Guests can create unique keepsakes, take photos, enjoy refreshments and more. All activities will signify or represent aspects of King’s legacy.
MLK Keynote Speaker- Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D.
Wednesday, Jan. 18, Commonwealth Ballroom, 7 p.m.
Author, media personality and Morehouse College professor Marc Lamont Hill will deliver a keynote address on race, politics and social justice.
MLK Community Dinner
Sunday, Jan. 22, Commonwealth Ballroom, 4 p.m.
VCU and Richmond community members will enjoy performances and remarks from VCU alumna and principal of T.C. Boushall Middle School, Latonya Walker. To RSVP, please visit www.mlkday.vcu.edu/community-dinner/.
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