Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 15. Here's a look at events happening throughout the Richmond area to celebrate.
City of Richmond
Monday, Jan. 15
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.
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.
Sunday, January 14: FCF Game and Festivities
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.
Get tickets for the Freedom Classic Festival here.
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.
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.
VCUarts Depot, 814 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Va., Monroe Park Campus
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.
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.
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.