Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Central Virginia

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 15. Here's a look at events happening throughout the Richmond area to celebrate.

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City of Richmond

Monday, Jan. 15
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Brookdale Imperial Plaza, 1717 Bellevue Ave.

Recognition ceremony, “In Pursuit of the Dream,” with Mayor Levar M. Stoney providing the keynote address. Other Richmond officials scheduled to attend include Richmond City Council President Chris Hilbert; Debbie Jackson, Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Human Services; and Melvin Carter, Chief of Fire and Emergency Services.

After the ceremony, volunteers will fan out across the city to engage in the following service projects: Bryan Park Floodplain Cleanup, Broad Rock Community Garden Improvements, Charles Gilpin Community Farm, Evergreen Cemetery Beautification, and Leaf Raking/Bagging for disabled seniors.

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Freedom Classic Festival

Friday, January 12: MEGA Mentors Fine Art Benefit and Sale

The Hippodrome Theatre

MEGA Mentors hosts its annual fundraiser, the Fine Art Benefit and Sale, as part of the Freedom Classic Festival weekend. Money raised through fine art purchases and silent auction bidding supports the efforts of the organization.

Saturday, January 13: FCF Leadership Summit

Dominion Energy Arts Center

Local leaders and influencers will share their experiences and break down what it takes to excel with emerging leaders. Will feature  presentations and panel Q&A sessions surrounding the topics of health, financial literacy, business, entrepreneurship and community activism.

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Sunday, January 14: FCF Game and Festivities

Richmond Coliseum

The Freedom Classic Festival finale is the marquee matchup between CIAA rivals Virginia State University and Virginia Union University in a showdown basketball game. In addition to the game, there will be a gospel showcase highlighting acclaimed collegiate choirs, a drumline competition featuring the region’s best high school drumlines, and finally, a special halftime performance by VSU’s and VUU’s marching bands.

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Randolph-Macon College

Monday, Jan. 15

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney will address the Randolph-Macon College community to help celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts (205 Henry St.).  Free and open to the public.


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The Byrd Theatre

Sunday, Jan. 14
4:30 p.m.

Join HandsOn Greater Richmond, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement for a special MLK Day weekend showing of the movie “Hidden Figures.”

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Jan. 15-Jan. 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week  includes keynote speaker  Martin Luther King III at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms.

Monday, Jan. 15, 7:06 p.m.
Candlelight vigil

VCUarts Depot, 814 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Va., Monroe Park Campus

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University of Richmond

Monday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

Screening of the film, “Selma.” Come early for pizza and a drop in service activity making birthday cards for underserved youth between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m.

Campus Commemoration in Camp Concert Hall. Keynote address by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Performances by Ngoma African Dance Company, The Octaves, and NPHC organizations.

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Habitat Restore

Monday, Jan. 15
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
1901 Roane St.

Bring your painting clothes, closed toe shoes, and a friend to fix up the showroom.

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East End Cemetery

Monday, Jan. 15
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Meet at Oakwood Arts at 11 a.m. for coffee or tea and an introduction to East End by Erin and Brian of the Friends of East End. Carpool over to the cemetery to join the ongoing restoration effort to help clear vines, tend graves, and uncover Richmond’s hidden history. Dress warmly. Tools, water, and light snacks will be provided on-site.


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Little Nomad

Monday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
104 W. Broad St.

Collecting food items to donate to the Feed More Food Bank. Get 20% off your total sale when you donate an item from Feed More’s Most Needed Item’s list – peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, low sodium veggies, fruit packed in juice, canned spaghetti sauce (no glass), canned or dry beans, hot and cold cereal, and whole grain snacks.

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Marriott Courtyard

Monday, Jan. 15
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
3950 Westerre Parkway

Brunch commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. A morning filled with financial empowerment. “AfroEconomics: Bridging the Gap for Economic Equality.”

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Jewish Community Federation

Monday, Jan. 15
10:30-11:30 a.m.

JCFR partners with Repair The World to act now and have open and honest conversations about racial and social justice. Coffee and light snacks and following the discussion partake in the Richmond Jewish Food Festival 2018.

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