Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 2016


2016 Event Schedule

Friday, January 15

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Elrod Commons Living Room
Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Week Kickoff Celebration Reception
Please join the campus community for cupcakes and punch as we toast the actual birthday of Dr. King and the start of a six-day celebration in his honor.

Sunday, January 17

6:00 p.m., Lee Chapel
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Keynote Address
Title: Reviving the Revolutionary King
Speaker: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University; author and radio host

A question-and-answer session will follow the keynote.  A reception and book signing will follow in Evans Dining Hall.

Monday, January 18

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.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Millhiser Moot Courtroom, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Panel Discussion:
From Poll Taxes to Voter ID Laws: The Future of Voting Rights After Shelby County
Moderator: Chris Seaman, Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Panelists: Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel of the Washington, D.C. office of the New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice; Atiba Ellis, Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law; Mark Rush, Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law and Director of International Education, Washington and Lee University School of Law.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Hillel Multipurpose Room
"In His Own Words: Lessons from Dr. King for Today" 
A student-led discussion of the relevance of one of Dr. King's speeches to our community today

Moderator: Howard Pickett, Assistant Professor and Director of the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, and Adjunct Professor of Law
Facilitators: Edward Corcoran '16, John Juneau '18, MaKayla Lorick '19, Elizabeth Mugo '19

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. 

Tuesday, January 19

12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Science Center Addition Room 202A
Brown Bag Lunch (RSVP Required)
Talk by Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English, Lehigh University
Food will be provided.  RSVP here.

Wednesday, January 20

4:30 p.m., Stackhouse Theater
Mudd Center for Ethics/MLK Week Lecture
Series: The Ethics of Citizenship
Title: The Creative Imagination and Race: The Making of Citizen

Lecturer: Dr. Claudia Rankine, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, University of Southern California

Thursday, January 21

6:00 p.m., Stackhouse Theater
Viewing of the movie "SELMA" with discussion following
Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell, Assistant Professor of English, Washington and Lee University
Ted DeLaney, Associate Professor of History, Washington and Lee University
Chris Seaman, Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University