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VCU Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 16-22

Beverly Walker, program manager for career development in the HR Redesign Project Office, is the co-founder and co-chair of MLK Week at VCU, which is in its fourth year. She said each year the program and the number of organizers expand as attendees become inspired to volunteer and help with the organization and planning of the week.

“Our students are involved in everything this year,” Walker said. “They’ve taken the lead in so many important ways.”

Walker said MLK Week emphasizes the importance of “walking the walk” on issues of service and inclusion.

“One of Dr. King’s beliefs is that doing the right thing is hard work,” Walker said. “You have to get involved to make a change. That’s very much aligned with our mission here at VCU.”

The 2017 MLK Week features speakers, discussions, films, ceremonies, celebrations, service opportunities and other activities. MLK Week welcomes participation from faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Richmond community. Among this year’s highlights will be keynote speaker Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., an author, media personality and professor at Morehouse College, on Jan. 18. Hill will speak about race, politics and social justice. Past speakers, such as Bree Newsome, an activist who scaled a flag pole outside the South Carolina State House to take down a Confederate Flag, and David Banner, a musician, actor and civic activist, have drawn large crowds and sparked engrossing conversations, Walker said.

For a complete schedule of MLK Week events, visit

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