Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2014


MLK Jr. Kids Day

Sunday, January 19 | 2 — 5 p.m. | James Monroe High School

Children from the local Fredericksburg community are invited to engage in fun games, activities, and crafts to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual community MLK celebration sponsored by Multicultural OutReach Effort (MORE). MORE is an organization of advocates committed to developing a community that utilizes diversity to enrich itself and to bring people together. University of Mary Washington students will run crafts, games, storytelling, and other interactive activities during the event. This event is sponsored by the UMW President’s Office, James Farmer Multicultural Center, Office of Service, and MORE. Contact the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service at 540/654-2272 for more information.  To register, please visit https://orgsync.com/59896/forms/93764


The University of Mary Washington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker: Ernest Green

**Cancelled due to inclement weather**

Tuesday, Jan. 21| 7 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Sponsored by the Office of the President


green_ernest(300)Ernest Green was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Green was the first African American student to graduate from the school in 1958. In 1965, Green became involved in employment law with a building-trade apprenticeship for the Adolph Institute, a project to help minority women in the South find opportunities for professional careers, and later directed the A. Phillip Randolph Education Fund from 1968 to 1976. Between 1977 and 1981, he served as assistant secretary in the Labor Department under President Carter and has worked in the private sector for consulting firms in corporate America since 1981. In 1999, he and the other people of the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given to a civilian, for outstanding bravery during the integration of Little Rock Central High School, by President Bill Clinton.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Spoken Word/Poetry Performances


Thursday, January 23 | 6 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

You are invited to hear students present various original works of poetry and spoken word for this celebration.  The performances will be focused on the themes of Dr. King’s message, specifically centered on his dream and vision for equality.  Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  Performances will be judged on creativity, content and performance delivery.  For registration, please visit https://orgsync.com/59414/forms/90476 .


MLK, Jr. Day of Service

Saturday, January 25 | 10 a.m.– 12 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411

The UMW MLK, Jr. Day of Service is a way for students to give back to their community to honor 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.  Honor Dr. King’s legacy by giving back and getting involved with the Fredericksburg community.  Please register online at the James Farmer Multicultural Center website or visit https://orgsync.com/59896/events/689061/occurrences/1345877


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 umwjfmc@gmail.com.