Schedule of Events

The University of Richmond’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration spans the first weeks of the spring semester. This year’s theme, "We cannot walk alone," is the focus of our events and community conversations.

UR is currently in the Lime Stage of our COVID-19 Response. Community members are invited to the starred events, but we will share an update if anything changes before the event dates.

*Walk Around the Lake

January 10-21
Westhampton Lake Trail

Reflect on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders as you walk around Westhampton Lake and read a series of panels. No registration is required.

Print UR Own: MLK Celebration Print

Friday, January 14, 12-2 p.m.
The Current, Tyler Haynes Commons

Create your own MLK Celebration print with the Book Arts Studio. Stop by at any time during the 2-hour event. No registration is required.

*Mending Walls Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Sunday, January 16, 2-4 p.m.

"Mending Walls" is a documentary about the groundbreaking public art project Mending Walls RVA which aims to establish empathy and connection through art. Watch “Mending Walls,” on your own then join a live panel discussion and breakout sessions to explore themes from the film. This event is co-hosted with HandsOn Greater RichmondVirginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and VPM.  REGISTER

Community Conversation: Creating a Culture of Consent

Rescheduled for Wednesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Tyler Haynes Commons 321

What does it mean to support a climate in which risk for violence and sexual assault is reduced? What does it mean to create instead a culture of consent? How can our entire University community contribute to that culture change? Join us for a conversation with Kaylin Tingle, healthy relationships and violence prevention educator, and Maria Zambrano Davila, '25. This event is open to students only. REGISTER

Community Conversation: Respecting All Faiths

Monday, January 17, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Westhampton Deanery

In the face of hateful actions, how do we move forward together? In the midst of our stress and pain, how do we reflect grace and love? Join us for a conversation with Josh Jeffreys, Jewish chaplain and director of religious life in the Office of the Chaplaincy, to discuss how we can support our campus’ underrepresented religious communities. REGISTER

Community Conversation: Institutional History

Monday, January 17, 1:30-2:30
Jepson Faculty Lounge

The University of Richmond and other institutions across the nation are grappling with our historic ties to slavery and segregation. Dr. Lauranett Lee taught a fall 2021 course titled "History in a Changing World" in which students examined the ways institutions are illuminating this history. Join Dr. Lee and her students for a discussion on these efforts and implications for UR as we continue on this difficult and very necessary path. REGISTER

Community Conversation: Creating a More Just World Through the Arts

Monday, January 17, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
Frederick Rehearsal Hall, Modlin Center for the Arts

How do we use the arts to tell our stories and the stories of our communities? In this workshop facilitated by Dr. Alicia Díaz and Dr. Patricia Herrera from UR’s Department of Theatre and Dance, we will explore our personal histories and the ways embodied practices can help us identify places of connection and difference with others. Using personal objects as an entry point to share our stories, we will explore the arts as a tool to foster conversation and creativity. No previous experience in the arts is necessary; all bodies are welcome. If possible, bring a box with at least three objects that are meaningful to you to share. REGISTER

*Lunch and Learn: Dr. and Mrs. Wyatt T. Walker Collection 

Tuesday, January 18, 12-1 p.m.

University of Richmond's Boatwright Memorial Library is home to the Dr. and Mrs. Wyatt Tee Walker Collection. Walker served as chief strategist for Martin Luther King Jr. and was hailed as “one of the keenest minds of the nonviolent revolution” by King himself. Dr. Thad Williamson and Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher taught a fall 2021 course titled “Re-Imagining American Democracy: Learning from the Life of Wyatt Tee Walker.” Join us for a virtual a lunch and learn with Taylor McNeilly, processing and reference archivist at Boatwright Memorial Library, Dr. Williamson, Dr. Crutcher, and students in the course – Sogona Cisse and Jacob Griffin – to learn more about the collection and what we can all learn from Wyatt Tee Walker. REGISTER

Mindful On Life: Embodying Self and Collective Care 

Rescheduled for Thursday, January 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Mind-Body Studio, Well-Being Center
This session introduces the importance of self care and collective care by exploring the key concepts of mindfulness and ways to create spaces that foster trust, courage, and connection with your self and community. In this interactive workshop, student activists and changemakers will learn restorative tools to care for the mind, the body, the heart, and one another through a combination of guided embodied practices, reflection, and discussion with Ashley Williams, founder and owner of BareSOUL Yoga. All experiences welcome. This event is open to students only. REGISTER

*Perspectives: Alumni Changemakers

Friday, January 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Formerly known as the the Brown Bag Discussion series, Perspectives offers students, faculty, staff, and community members the opportunity to share a meal while engaging with critical topics. At each lunch, the perspective of a featured speaker or panel will provide a starting point for discussion about a current social issue. Kayla Corbin, '21, Jon Henry, '11, and Miranda Rosenblum, '18, UR alumni activists who sparked institutional change as students, will join us for this first Perspectives of 2022. REGISTER

Power UP: Building our collective power for change

Tuesday, January 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

How are students and young people across Virginia building their power to effect transformational change throughout the commonwealth? What are the strategies for success that are leading to mass engagement, mobilization, and big wins? What are the obstacles impacting youth organizers? Join us for a virtual conversation with Kalia Harris of Virginia Student Power Network to discuss the ways that universities can be sites of collective resistance and change. REGISTER

*We Cannot Walk Alone: Community Dance Workshops 

Coming in March 

Students, faculty, staff, and community members will be invited to come together and experience the collective energy of movement and the power of art with Kevin LaMarr Jones, '94, of CLAVES UNIDOS. Participants will explore together dance and musical forms from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, the United States, and beyond. This series of workshops will culminate in a special gathering with music by DJ Mike Street, '92.