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

2020 Schedule

Updated 1/7/2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

6:00 p.m. | MLK Reflections Dinner (RSVP Required)
Evans Hall
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. Please RSVP here by January 10, 2020.

Friday, January 17, 2020

6:00 p.m. | MLK Shabbat Dinner
Hillel House, Multipurpose Room
Washington and Lee Hillel welcomes all students to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with a Shabbat service focused on justice and civil rights, and guided discussions over dinner about our role in making Dr. King's dream a reality.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

9:00-11:30 a.m. | MLK Breakfast
Sankofa House

Sunday, January 19, 2020

12:00-4:00 p.m. | SABU Basketball Tourney
Student Activities Pavilion
The Student Association for Black Unity (SABU) Basketball Tournament is an annual event enjoyed by the Washington and Lee community in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Contact Trinity Perdue at perduet22@mail.wlu.edu for more information. 

6:00 p.m. | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Keynote Address
Lenfest Center, Keller Theater
Speaker: Ruby Bridges
A reception will follow in the Kamen Gallery.

Monday, January 20, 2020

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Children's Birthday Party for Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Evans Hall
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, and arts and crafts for children of all ages. Pizza, cakes, snacks, and punch will be provided.

1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. | MLK Tea Ceremony
Watson Pavilion, Senshin'an Tea Room
On Monday, January 20, 2020, the W&L Chanoyu Tea Society will host a Martin Luther King tea ceremony. Students will be serving sweets and tea and performing the ceremony at three seatings: 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. Free tickets for each seating will be available from January 6, 2020 and must be picked up at the Reeves Center between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Space is limited, so please pick up your tickets early. For tickets: contact Cassie Ivey at 540-458-8034 or civey@wlu.edu. For other information: contact Janet Ikeda at ikedaj@wlu.edu, http://tearoom.wlu.edu. 

2:00-3:00 p.m. | W&L Law MLK Day Speaker
Sydney Lewis Hall, Millhiser Moot Court Room
Speaker: Natasha Merle


6:00-8:30 p.m. | DACAmentary - The Unafraid Screening and Panel Discussion
Stackhouse Theater

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Screening of the Documentary
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Panel discussion on DACA, migration, and issues relating to immigrant populations in the community

Please join us for a screen of "the Unafraid," a feature length documentary that shows what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States. The film follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has prevented them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education, and fighting for their rights of their families and communities.

Following the screening of the film, a panel will discuss their own histories as immigrants or their work with immigrants both in the Lexington community and throughout the world. We look forward to welcoming all members of the local community as we reflect upon them for this year's MLK celebration, "Building Bridges, not Barriers."

Panel Members: David Baluarte, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Immigrant Rights Clinic, W&L Law School; Seth Michelson, Assistant Professor of Spanish, W&L; Fio Lewis, Community Outreach, Project Horizon; Edwin Castellanos Campos W&L '20, President of ESOL, and Moderator - Matthew Boaz, Visiting Assistant Director of Immigrant Rights Clinic, W&L Law School.