Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 2016
A tentative schedule will be posted closer to the date of the event.
Feel free to review the 2015 schedule below that will provide an idea of the types of events that are held.
2015 Event Schedule
Thursday, January 15
4:30 p.m., Northen Auditorium
Race and Justice on America's Streets
Issues of race and justice are continually in our nation's headlines, and perhaps never more so than in the past few months. In this panel discussion, members of W&L's law and undergraduate faculty and W&L students will discuss the recent tragedies in Ferguson and New York City, and explore the role that race plays in our nation's justice system. We will take up such pressing issues as racial profiling, police violence, oppressed communities, protest and power, the rule of law, and many others. We aim for a diverse and open discussion of these issues that have so traumatized our communities.
Saturday, January 17
7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Lexington
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Concert
Join us as we honor Dr. King's contributions to America with the wonderful Lexington tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Concert. Take in a dramatic reading of the "I Have a Dream" speech interspersed with musical commentary in the form of audience sing-alongs and works performed by the W&L University Singers, Cantatrici, the Men's Glee Club, and the MLK Combo. Be there for this powerful annual W&L tradition.
Sunday, January 18
7:00 p.m., Keller Theatre
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Address
Speaker: Roslyn McCallister Brock, chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors; civil rights leader; health-care executive; health activist. A question-and-answer session will follow the keynote. Reception afterward.
Monday, January 19
11:00 a.m., Elrod Commons
Children's Birthday Party
Children of Rockbridge County and the Lexington community are invited to attend a birthday celebration in honor of Dr. King. There will be a movie for the older children, and games, face painting, arts and crafts for children of all ages. Pizza, cake, snacks and punch will be provided.
1:00 p.m., Moot Courtroom, Lewis Hall
Panel Discussion: Sentencing and Race
Moderator: Jon Shapiro, Visiting Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Panelists: Margareth Etienne, Professor and Nancy Snowden Research Scholar in Law, University of Illinois College of Law; Michael Nachmanoff, Federal Public Defender and United States Magistrate Judge (Designate); Wornie Reed, Professor and Director, Race and Social Policy Center, Virginia Tech.
2:30 p.m., Moot Courtroom, Lewis Hall
Panel Discussion: Immigration and Civil Rights
Moderator: David Baluarte, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, and Director, Immigrant Rights Clinic, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Panelists: Claudia Cubas, Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition; Joseph Montano, American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia
Sponsored by the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law
4:00 p.m., Moot Courtroom, Lewis Hall
Lecture: "Rethinking the Role of Law in the Civil Rights Movement"
Lecturer: Kenneth Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Tuesday, January 20
12:20 p.m., Northen Auditorium
Beyond America: Maya Angelou, Malcolm X and West Africa in the Civil Rights Era, 1960-1966
Lecturer: T.J. Tallie Jr., Assistant Professor of African History, Washington and Lee University
While the struggle for African-American civil rights intensified in the United States during the 1960s, the movement was not merely a national one. Civil rights activists including Julian Mayfield, Maya Angelou and Malcolm X all looked to the newly independent African nation of Ghana as a model for a stable, self-sufficient black country. Under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah, the country's first prime minister, Ghana provided a unique and inspirational space for African-Americans wishing to escape American racism and imagine a different future. Food will be provided.
Wednesday, January 21
4:30 p.m., Northen Auditorium
Mudd Center Lecture
Procreation and Parental Responsibility: The Case of Disadvantaged Black Men
Lecturer: Tommie Shelby, Professor of African and African American Studies and Philosophy, Harvard University
Sunday, January 25
5:30 p.m., Evans Dining Hall
Leaders from the W&L campus community and the Lexington community will offer their views of King's legacy-what he has meant to that individual, to our community, to our country, to our world, to our students. This event is open to the public, and a meal will be provided. RSVPs for this event have been closed.