Central VA Events Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we celebrate the legacy of the leader of the civil rights movement here in central Virginia. The Charlottesville area has several events planned in honor of Dr. King Monday and throughout the rest of the month of January.
The city of Charlottesville hosted a free event at the Carver Recreation Center called "Continuing the Dream". People of all ages packed the recreation center for Monday's celebration. The event featured young people singing traditional songs as well as through spoken word and hip-hop performances.
"It's so important for us to continue to dream, but not only just to speak in terms of continuing to dream, particularly for our young people because they are the ones that are going to continue the legacy, the works and deeds of Dr. King,” said Alex-Zan, event coordinator.
The University of Virginia is hosting several events to honor Dr. King. On Thursday, January 23, a keynote address will be given by cultural critic and NPR host Michael Eric Dyson. Tickets are free and doors open at 5:30 pm. That event, presented by the Office for Diversity and Equity, will be held in the Culbreth Theatre at UVA.
Professor and poet Rita Dove will be honored January 31 with a screening of a movie about her life.
On Saturday, January 25, there will be a screening of documentary about Dr. King and his non-violent campaign for civil rights. The film is called King: A Filmed Record...From Montgomery to Memphis. The event is free and takes place at the Newcomb Hall Theater at UVA at 2 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening and seating is first-come, first-served.
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is also hosting a cultural event this month. Next Thursday the center will host three of the past presidents of the Charlottesville-Albemarle NAACP to talk about how their terms helped improve civil rights in the region. The event, called "Reflections on a Movement: Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP, the Civil Rights Act, and Beyond," takes place January 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson School City Center.
Monday is not only known as Martin Luther King Jr. Day - it's also the King Day of Service. People are encouraged to volunteer in their communities in honor of Dr. King's legacy.
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