The Cap City honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weekend of activities for the entire family. Looking to celebrate? Here are a few great events:
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The 2017 Freedom Classic Festival
Celebrate the annual I-95 sports matchup between Virginia State and Virginia Union Universities. The festival culminates with the hotly contested basketball game between VSU and VUU men’s teams at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St.
“The Achievable Dream”
The City of Richmond is holding a program titled “The Achievable Dream” on Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at United Methodist Family Service at 3900 W. Broad Street. The event will include a Valentine Museum presentation on the impact Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had on segregation and integration in Richmond, and the City’s AmeriCorps ACES Program will lead a learning exercise for 100 participating youth on the importance of civic engagement and service to others.
Annual Henrico County Celebration
At Henrico High School, the 30th annual Henrico County Celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m.
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“Honoring the Legacy, Engaging the Dream”
The University of Richmond will hold a commemoration event, “Honoring the Legacy, Engaging the Dream,” on Monday from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Modlin Center for the Arts, Camp Concert Hall. University President Ronald A. Crutcher will deliver the keynote address. While students do not have class on Monday, the university is inviting the campus community to participate in a day of service and learning, including a walking tour of Jackson Ward followed by a brief bus tour with Valentine History Center guides.
MLK Family Day
There will also be an MLK Family Day designed for families with children ages 2-12 complete with stories, crafts and snacks; and a screening of the movie “Selma” at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. For a complete list of events, visit richmond.edu/mlk.
Candlelight Vigil at Monroe Park
A candlelight vigil will be held at Monroe Park at 7:30 p.m. Monday followed by a march to the VCU campus ending in front of the library.
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