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

Please note: The 2018 Schedule of Events will be posted to this website as soon as they are available.  Please see the 2017 schedule below for an example of the types of events that will be offered throughout the week.

2017 Event Schedule

Last updated on 1/10/17

Note: Undergraduate and law classes are suspended on Monday, Jan. 16. Law classes will resume on their normal weekly schedule on Tuesday. The undergraduate schedule for the week of Jan. 16 is as follows:

  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No course meetings
  • Tuesday, January 17: no change - regular Tuesday course schedule
  • Wednesday, January 18: no change - regular Wednesday course schedule
  • Thursday, January 19: no change - regular Thursday course schedule
  • Friday, January 20: follow the Monday course meeting schedule

Saturday, January 14 

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Elrod Commons Living Room
MLK Legacy Week Community Service Projects (Revised)

Sunday, January 15

2:00 p.m., Doremus Gymnasium
Support the Youth in SABU's Freedom Basketball Tournament (Revised)
In honor of MLK Legacy Week, the Student Bar Association for Black Unity will be holding a Freedom Basketball Tournament on Sunday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the Doremus Gymnasium.  All are welcome to sign up to participate in the Elrod Commons Living Room from Tuesday, the 10th to Friday, the 13th.  It costs $15 per team to register.  All proceeds go directly to Saturday's Child, a non-profit organization in Buena Vista dedicated to youth enrichment.  Admission to the tournament is FREE and and welcome to all.  

6:00 p.m., Lenfest Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Keynote Address
Speaker: Diane Nash, American civil rights activist, lecturer and businesswoman

A question-and-answer session will follow the keynote.  A reception will follow in the Kamen Gallery.

Monday, January 16

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Elrod Commons
Children's Birthday Party for Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Millhiser Moot Courtroom, Washington and Lee University School of Law 
Panel Discussion:
The 2016 Presidential Election: Voting Rights in a 'Post-Racial'/'Post-Civil Rights' Era (Revised)

Moderator: Chris Seaman, Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Panelists: Atiba Ellis, Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law; Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Margaret Hu, Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law; and Mark Rush, Director of International Education and Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Watson Pavilion
Dream-Themed Chanoyu Tea Society Event (Revised)
Observe a traditional Tea Ceremony by Washington and Lee University students and enjoy sweets and a bowl of green tea.  Tickets for this event are free, but required.  Available from January 3, 2017, free tickets must be picked up at the Reeves Center between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For ticket information, please contact Cassie Ivey at 540-458-8034 or by email at reevescenter@wlu.edu.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hillel Multipurpose Room
Title: Student Activism Seen Through the Eyes of King (Revised)
A student-led forum to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s steps to social justice and to generate ideas for student activism on campus.
Join us for a student-led conversation in the spirit of King's devotion to social justice as we discuss the practical and tangible steps that we as students can take on campus to make Washington and Lee University a community that's proactive as it relates to the issues of race, gender, sexuality, economic background and the environment.

Moderator: Howard Pickett, Assistant Professor and Director of the Shepherd Program, Washington and Lee University
Facilitators: Rosalie Bull '20, Mason Grist '18, Clair Hoffert '18, John Juneau '18, Elizabeth Mugo '19, and Joelle Simeu '20

7:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Stackhouse Theater
SBA, BLSA Movie Screening (New)
Title: "The Birth of a Nation"

Tuesday, January 17

4:30 p.m., Hillel Multipurpose Room
MLK Week Lecture 
Title: American Dreamin': Adolescence in the Black Imagination
Lecturer: Michael Hill, Associate Professor of English, University of Iowa

6:00 p.m., Stackhouse 
Viewing of the movie "Eyes on the Prize" 

Wednesday, January 18

12:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Elrod Commons Living Room
Open Mic and Poetry Reading
Join W&L’s Center for Poetic Research (CPR) for an open-mic poetry reading to honor the pursuit of equality and justice as exemplified by Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.  Please feel welcome to bring a poem to read on that theme, or simply join us to listen and enjoy.  Refreshments will be served.

6:00 p.m., Evans Dining Hall
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.  RSVP here.

Thursday, January 19

6:00 p.m., Stackhouse Theater
Viewing of the movie "Eyes on the Prize"

Friday, January 20

6:00 p.m., Stackhouse Theater
Viewing of the movie "Eyes on the Prize"