Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2017

January 23 to 27, 2017


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kids Day
Sunday, January 15 | 3 to 4 p.m. | James Monroe High School

Children from the Fredericksburg area are invited to enjoy games, activities, and crafts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual community MLK celebration. The event is sponsored by the Fredericksburg-area Partnership for Academic Excellence. Students are asked to register online on MyUMW.

Preserving the Dream: Breakfast and Discussion
Sunday, January 22 | 10 a.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center
Cost: 1 meal swipe for students or $10 for non-students. For reservations, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or umwjfmc@gmail.com by Tuesday, January 17th.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These famous words written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1963 open Letter from a Birmingham Jail remain true. Dr. King urged Americans to fight against injustice, and we continue to promote his ideals through education and celebration of diversity. Join us for breakfast and a discussion cosponsored by the Omicron Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., an organization of which Dr. King was a member.

The University of Mary Washington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker: Attorney Bakari Sellers
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:00 p.m., Chandler Ballroom, University Center
Sponsored by the Office of the President


Elected in 2006 to the South Carolina House of Representatives at the age of 22, Bakari Sellers is an attorney, one of the youngest State Representatives, and the youngest black elected official in the United States. Viewing himself not as a politician, but a public servant, Sellers is a passionate keynote speaker on civil rights, equality, education, and faith.

Education has always been a top priority for Sellers. He graduated from the South Carolina public school system and then proceeded to Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Morehouse College, Sellers was elected Student Government Association President and, by virtue of his position, served on the College’s Board of Trustees. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law and soon entered politics, working for United States Congressman James Clyburn, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, and the Southeastern Regional Director of the NAACP.


Trading Spaces: A Discussion On Race Relations and Intersectionality
Thursday, January 26  |  7:00 PM  |  Chandler Ballroom A & B, University Center

Sponsored by the Black Student Association, Brothers of a New Direction, Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity, Women of Color, Islamic Student Association and People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities. Faculty, staff and students will engage in active dialogue about current race relations on campus and in society as a whole. Participants will discuss strategies and other initiatives on how to improve race relations and cultural understanding among different racial identities. This event aspires to develop better understanding and acceptance of others who are of a different racial identity and their intersectional identities.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Saturday, January 28th  |  10:00 a.m.  |  Chandler Ballroom, University Center
A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The UMW MLK Day of Service provides students a way to give back to their community to honor the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to strengthening communities. Many different service projects, which will be donated to various agencies in the Fredericksburg area, will be available for students to complete. Afterward, a discussion will take place regarding servant leadership and working toward social change. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. All members of the campus community are invited to participate. Please register using the online form at MyUMW.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or umwjfmc@gmail.com .