Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

January 17 – January 22, 2022

Every January, our nation dedicates time to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.  His prophetic words on racial injustice, voting rights, economic justice, housing discrimination, and public safety are still relevant more than sixty years later.  He is quoted as saying, “We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”  Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center as we celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

UMW continues to monitor campus, local, and statewide COVID-19 data and has instituted protocols to protect our campus community.  These protocols include requiring proper mask wearing while indoors, requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative test, reducing occupancy limits at events, or restricting attendance to UMW community members only, obtaining contact information from event attendees for contact tracing, and requesting that the University be notified of any positive COVID test within 14 days of attending an event at UMW.  The University may also implement additional restrictions if cases increase on campus or in the region. We encourage you to check our website for updates prior to arriving to campus for a scheduled event.

The University of Mary Washington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Dr. LaKeisha Cook

Wednesday, January 19 | 7 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

If you would prefer to attend this event virtually, please register using this form.

Smiling woman leaning against a tree, Rev. Dr. LaKeisha CookRev. Dr. LaKeisha Cook is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor concentration in Religious Studies and a Master’s of Divinity. She also earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree as a Gardner C. Taylor fellow at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. LaKeisha was licensed into the gospel ministry at the Antioch Baptist Church; has served as the Youth Minister at Mount Hope Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia; as Minister of Children, Youth and Young Adults at First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona; is the founding pastor of the Imani Community Church of Tempe, Arizona; and has served in various capacities for the multi-site campuses of Saint Paul’s Baptist Church. Dr. Cook has over 20 years of experience working in non-profits, education, and the African American church. As a pastor and preacher, she uses her platform to educate and empower people on social justice and racial inequities, and she is passionate about justice reform. She served as a program administrator for the Kyrene School District in Tempe, AZ, where she coordinated, implemented, and ensured the quality of intervention and prevention programs and activities outlined in the eight-million dollar Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant. She also served as the Criminal Justice Reform Organizer for VICPP and led a successful campaign that abolished the death penalty in Virginia. She is currently working as an Equity Transformation Specialist for Pacific Educational Group, Inc.

Speaking Truth to Power

Thursday, January 20  |  6 p.m.  |  Lee Hall Underground

If you are interested in sharing your talent, please visit bit.ly/UMWSpeakTruth or email JoAnna Raucci (jraucci@umw.edu)

There is power in artistic expression.  This event will feature art, music, dance, and performances from members of the UMW campus community, who have created pieces or are sharing the works of others in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and those who have led the fight for human rights and social justice.  Join us in this expression of our struggles, our triumphs, and our power!

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Saturday, January 22 |1 pm – 3 pm |  Chandler Ballroom, UC

Register here:  bit.ly/MLKDayUMW

Join your fellow students to celebrate our national Day of Service on the UMW campus. The MLK Day of Service is a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of the “fierce urgency of now.” Observed each year as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Sign up to participate in the Day of Service at bit.ly/MLKDayUMW

For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or umwjfmc@gmail.comPlease email us at umwjfmc@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding disability-related accommodations.