Saturday, January 18, 2014
- 7:30 p.m. - MLK Remembrance Concert (First Baptist Church Lexington)
Join with 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
Monday, January 20, 2014
- 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Birthday Party Celebration (Elrod Commons)
Children of Rockbridge County are cordially invited to attend a birthday party in honor of Dr. King. There will be age appropriate activities for children 2-13 years of age. Please join us for face painting, arts and crafts, games, movies and lots of food and laughter.
- 11:45 a.m. - ODK /FOUNDERS' DAY (Lee Chapel)
Speech by Dr. Lucas Morel - "Ever Mindful of the Past: Building and Honorable Community"
The Founders' Day/ODK Convocation Address (Monday, January 20) will be delivered by Lucas Morel, the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics and head of the Politics Department. Entitled "Ever Mindful of the Past: Building an Honorable Community," Prof. Morel will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 100th anniversary of ODK's founding by speaking about how thinking about the past - in particular, important people and events worth being "mindful" abou- can help us work towards a better future as a community. We take the time to remember, to reflect upon and commemorate, important figures like King because it helps us appreciate what he did, and thus inspire us to follow his example. His legacy of leadership and service, like that of all great personages of the past, is the gift that keeps giving. King's leadership, like that of Abraham Lincoln's, helped the American community heal and grow at a time of crisis. They both spoke in ways that showed Americans that in order to move forward, we needed to look back-to recall what was good in the nation's past that could help us become a people more worthy of our nation's highest ideals and thus help us build an honorable community at all levels of American society.
- 3:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion (Moot Court Room)
"In Pursuit of MLK's Dream through Law, Philanthropy, & Politics"
The panel, organized by Hernandez Stroud ‘14L, will be a moderated discussion among three W&L Law alumni and one alumnus of the college concerning how their civic, personal, and professional efforts since graduating from W&L has contributed to the broader ideals and mission associated with Dr. King.
- 4:00 p.m. - Wilbert Rideau Keynote (Moot Court Room)
In 1961, the state of Louisiana condemned 19-year-old Wilbert Rideau to death for murder. He survived the next 44 years in solitary death row confinement, followed by life imprisonment in Louisiana's notorious Angola State Prison. In the process he became America's most celebrated and successful prison journalist, and an eloquent voice for the excluded and forgotten people who comprise our country's vast prison population. Released after a retrial in 2005, Rideau continues his work as a writer on issues involving criminal justice, punishment and prisons, and as a defense consultant in death penalty cases. On this Martin Luther King day, both his message and his very presence will challenge us to remember that Dr. King's message of inclusion, equality and respect for all people is one that we must continually renew in light of the injustices and suffering that we encounter in our own time.
- 6:00 p.m. Community Reflections (Evans Dining Hall)
Please join us as we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King with personal testimonies from members of the Washington and Lee University and Lexington community as they reflect on the impact that this great man has had on them and our world. A buffet dinner will be provided. Please RSVP online.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
- 7:00 p.m. - Donna Brazile Keynote (Lee Chapel)
Donna Brazile, adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee will deliver our annual MLK Keynote Address. A reception and book signing will follow in Evans Dining Hall.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
- 12:3 0p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Brown Bag Lunch Panel Discussion (Northen Auditorium)
"Poverty, Inequality, and Race: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Passion for Economic Justice"
Dr. Howard Pickett, Director of Shepherd Poverty Program / Assistant Professor Shepherd Poverty; Dr. Melina Bell, Associate Professor of Philosophy; Dr. Ted DeLaney, Associate Professor of History, Head of History Dept.; Dr. Tim Diette, Associate Professor of Economics will provide opening remarks
Thursday, January 23, 2014
- 12:00 p.m. - Brown Bag Lunch Professor Margaret Hu (Moot Court Room)
"Big Data Blacklisting" Professor Margaret Hu, Assistant Professor of Law and former Civil Rights Lawyer for the Department of Justice will facilitate a discussion on how cyber surveillance and dataveillance issues pose new challenges to civil rights and civil liberties. Lunch will be provided.