Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2015
January 18 to 24, 2015
MLK Jr. Kids Day
Sunday, January 18 | 3 to 4 p.m. | James Monroe High School
Sponsored by the UMW Office of the President; James Farmer Multicultural Center; Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service; and the Partnership for Excellence
Children from the local Fredericksburg community are invited to engage in fun games, activities, and crafts. Sponsored by the Partnership for Excellence, this annual community MLK celebration honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.University of Mary Washington students will run crafts, games, storytelling, and other interactive activities during the event. Contact the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service at 540/654-2272 for more information.
The University of Mary Washington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker: Ernest Green
Wednesday, Jan. 21| 7 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
Sponsored by the Office of the President
Ernest Green was among a group of African Americans called the Little Rock Nine. In 1957, they were the first black students to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. When he finished the following year, Green became the school’s first African-American graduate. Several years later, he delved into employment law, securing a building-trade apprenticeship with the Adolph Institute, which aimed to uncover professional careers and opportunities for minority women in the South. Green, who now works for American corporate consulting firms, directed the A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund from 1968 to 1976 and served as assistant secretary in the Labor Department under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. In 1999, Green, along with the other members of the Little Rock nine, received the highest honor awarded to a civilian, the Congressional Gold Medal. Presented by then-President Bill Clinton, the award recognized Green’s bravery during integration at Little Rock High School.
Sponsored by the Black Student Association, Brothers of a New Direction, and Women of Color
Thursday, January 22 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | TBD
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MLK Jr. Day of Service
Saturday, January 24 | 10 a.m. to noon | Various Locations
The UMW MLK Jr. Day of Service is a way for students to give back to the Fredericksburg community in honor of the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to strengthening communities. All members of the campus community are invited to participate in the UMW MLK Jr. Day of Service. Please register online at the James Farmer Multicultural Center website, students.umw.edu/multicultural.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044; Lee Hall 211; students.umw.edu/multicultural or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.