Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 2018

2018 Event Schedule

Last updated on 1/5/18

Friday, January 12, 2018

6:00 p.m., Hillel Multipurpose Room

Friday Night Shabbat

Friday night Shabbat in partnership with the Student Association for Black Unity (SABU) and the Multicultural Student Association (MSA).  Join W&L Hillel for a Shabbat celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  We will discuss his legacy over dinner and explore the ways in which we are called to join the struggle for racial justice in our communities.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2:00 p.m., Doremus Gymnasium

Charity Basketball Tournament

The Student Association for Black Unity (SABU) will be hosting a Basketball Tournament fundraiser for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend. All proceeds will be going to Saturday's Child, a youth education and enrichment program housed in Buena Vista.

Admission to the tournament is free and open to all. The cost to register a team is $25 per team.  Registration will be held in the Elrod Commons Living Room Monday, January 8th - Friday, January 12th.

4:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Lexington, VA 

Life and Legacy Worship Service

The Rev. Dr. James Leary, Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richmond, VA will deliver a sermon to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King.  As a champion for civil rights, Dr. Leary stood with Dr. King and was actively involved in several marches and fundraising events during the movement.  Music will be rendered by the Gospel Way Church of God In Christ Mass Choir.  A reception following the worship service will be provided by Washington and Lee University Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Monday, January 15, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Randolph Street United Methodist Church

CARE Parade

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Elrod Commons, Living Room

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 games, face painting, arts and crafts for children of all ages.  Pizza, cake, snacks, and punch will be provided.

1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., Senshin'an Tea Room Watson Pavilion

W&L Chanoyu Tea Society Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Tea Ceremony

Tickets for this event are free but required for admission.  Tickets will be available after January 2, 2018, and must be picked up at the Reeves Center between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.  For ticket information, please contact Cassie Ivey at (540) 458-8034 or reevescenter@wlu.edu.  For information about the tea ceremony, contact Dr. Janet Ikeda at ikedaj@wlu.edu.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Millhiser Moot Court Room

Washington and Lee University School of Law

Professor Sonia Katyal will present a lecture entitled The Fire Next Time: Resistance in Three Dimensions in the Millhiser Moot Court Room in the Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Professor Katyal is a civil rights activist deeply engaged in the democratic project and a nationally-renowned scholar on the intersection of technology, art, and civil rights.  She currently serves as the Chancellor's Professor of Law and Co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the UC Berkeley School of Law.

4:30 p.m., Hillel Multipurpose Room

Past, Present and Future: An Inquiry into Social Activism at W&L

Join us for a student-led conversation to unpack the history of race relations on our campus, analyze current student initiatives, and examine methods to overcome obstacles to inclusion as we strive to strengthen our community.

7:00 p.m., Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater

Movie: King: Man of Peace in a Time of War

"A rare and candid TV interview with Martin Luther King - unseen in 40 years - is the centerpiece of this timely tribute, featuring exclusive interviews with such notables as Jesse Jackson and Colin Powell that provide fresh insight into the life and personality of the late civil rights leader." - Peter Stoliar

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

6:00 p.m., Evans Dining Hall

Reflections Program 

Reflections Dinner (RSVP Required)

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.  Please RSVP here no later than Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

6:30 p.m., Hillel Multipurpose Room

Speaker: Michael W. Twitty

W&L Hillel and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcome Michael W. Twitty and his presentation "Kosher/Soul?".  Being African American and Jewish is for many a combination that many can't wrap their heads around.  For Twitty, this includes food and the ways Blacks and Jews have mediated otherness and oppression using what they eat as well as the global stories Diasporic foodways have to offer.  Join Michael on an exploration and a taste of what he calls, "Koshersoul."

Michael W. Twitty is a recognized culinary historian and independent scholar focusing on historic African American food and folk culture and culinary traditions of historic Africa and her Diaspora. He is webmaster of www.Afroculinaria.com, the first website/blog devoted to the preservation of historic African American foods and foodways. He has conducted over three hundred classes and workshops, written curricula and educational programs, giving lectures and performed cooking demonstrations for over 100 groups including the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Carnegie-Mellon, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Library of Congress, the Association for the Study of Food and Society and Oxford University’s Symposium on Food and Cookery. Michael’s new book, The Cooking Gene, was published to rave reviews by HarperCollins. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Millhiser Moot Court Room 

Shaw v. Reno at 25

This panel will examine the lasting impact of U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shaw v. Reno (1993), which held that excessive consideration of race in redistricting is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  As a result of Shaw v. Reno and subsequent decisions like Miller v. Johnson (1995), federal courts greatly increased their oversight of congressional, state legislative, and local redistricting in the 1990s and 2000s.  More recently, in 2017, the Supreme Court addressed the constitutionality of redistricting plans in Virginia and North Carolina based upon challenges that certain districts in both states were drawn predominately based on race.  The panelists for this discussion are (in alphabetical order): Professor Atiba R. Ellis (West Virginia University College of Law; Professor Martha Kropf (Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Political Science); Professor Mark Rush (W&L Politics Department); and Mr. Dorian L. Spence (Director of Special Litigation and Advocacy, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law).  Professor Christopher B. Seaman (W&L Law) will moderate the discussion.

Friday, January 19, 2018

5:00 p.m., Hillel Multipurpose Room

Friday Night Shabbat

W&L Hillel, the Multicultural Student Association and the Student Association for Black Unity invite all members of our community to come together for a celebration of diversity at W&L and beyond.

7:00 p.m., Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater

Movie: Selma

"Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote.  In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage.  Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965." - Rotten Tomatoes

9:30 p.m., Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater

Movie: Fences

"Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh.  Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes.  Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

7:00 p.m., Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater

Movie: Whose Streets

"Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement." - IMDB

Sunday, January 21, 2018

6:00 p.m., Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts, Keller Theatre

Keynote Address

Speaker: Bernice King

Bernice King

Bernice A. King (Be A King) is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother, in 1968.  She was appointed to this position in January 2012 by the Board of Trustees.  Nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators and speakers on the circuit today, Bernice leaves her audiences speechless and challenges people to RAISE THE STANDARD.  Born the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her late mother's stead at the United Nations at age 17.  Over the years, she has had the occasion to speak in such places as the steps of The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, major corporations and universities, and in places throughout the world including South Africa, Germany, and New Zealand to name a few.

A reception will follow in Kamen Gallery.