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The work of Dr. King remains unfinished, and the University has committed to thoughtfully considering what his vision means today. In 2017, the University will again observe the Martin Luther King holiday by canceling classes and observing the holiday for employees.


Each year we invite students, faculty, and staff to join us for one of several opportunities to serve in the community and learn about civil rights in Richmond. The University also hosts an annual commemoration featuring student performances and an inspirational keynote speaker.

Students, faculty, and staff will have opportunities to serve in the community, partake of meaningful RVA history tours, and come together at the end of the day to enjoy the annual all-campus commemoration as a time to reflect on what Dr. King's dream means today.

Honoring the Legacy, Engaging the Dream

Mon., Jan. 16, 2017 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Camp Concert Hall
Reception to follow in Booth Lobby, Modlin Center


  • Ngoma African Dance Company
  • The Octaves

Keynote Address

Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Corps

Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a highly religiously diverse social landscape. For more than 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of FaithSacred Ground and the new Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

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