RICHMOND: The community will come together to honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to also talk about the state of local communities. The MLK Community Day - Can We Talk? Event is scheduled for Monday, January 18th, 12pm-2pm at the Department of Social Services at 4100 Hull Street (southside plaza).
Teens and young adults are encouraged to attend and speak out about the rash of crimes in their communities. Also, featuring P.E.A.C.E Poetry by author/poet Robert Edwards, gospel hip hop from Mr.V of Y-Me, Gang investigator/instructor Hamlet Hood, and ex-offender now entrepreneur Emanuel LaVon Johnson. Powered by Rolling for Freedom-R4F, Upsilon Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, INC., and Radio One INC. For more details call Clovia Lawrence at 804-873-8603.
Other MLK Events: Friday, January 15
38th Annual Community Leaders Breakfast in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy, 7:30am-9am at Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center, 1500 North Lombardy Street, Richmond, Keynote speaker Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr., James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Tickets $50, for details call 804-342-3938.
MEGA Mentors 5th Annual Fine Art Benefit and Sale featuring Nationally Renowned Artist Rene Dickerson, 7pm at The Hippodrome Theater, 528 North 2nd Street, Richmond. Fine Art, Silent, Wine Tasting Hor D'Oeurves, and Music by JTucker. Proceeds benefit students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. For details visit www.megamentors.org.
Sunday, January 17
Annual Freedom Classic Festival, Doors open 4pm at Richmond Coliseum, 601 East Leigh Street, event features College Fair, Gospel Showcase, Drumline, and basketball Competition and Virginia Union University vs Virginia State University at 7pm. Get details at http://www.freedomclassicfestival.com/.
Monday, January 18
MLK Living The Dream Mass Meeting, 10am at Cedar Street Baptist Church of God 2301 Cedar Street, Church Hill, Keynote Speaker Dr. Alvin Edwards, Pastor Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, Charlottesville, former Mayor of Charlottesville.
The Faces of H.O.P.E. of Virginia day of service 10am at 249 East German School Road, Richmond. The community is invited to volunteer at the organization’s new location. Service projects include assembling a basketball court in the gymnasium, arranging the clientele’s workout space and equipment, and preparing the behavioral health and nutrition class rooms to enhance clientele’s learning environment. It is The Faces of H.O.P.E.’s goal to end childhood obesity in the Richmond area and surrounding communities, and to share best practices. For more information visit www.thefacesofhope.org or call (804) 308-5999.
30th annual Henrico County Celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Preserving The Legacy" at Henrico High School Auditorium, 302 Azalea Avenue, at 11:30am. Keynote speaker Linda Thomas - President NAACP, Caroline County Branch. Church Service 9:30am at St. Peter Baptist Church, 2040 Mountain Road, Glen Allen.
Peace Center Youth: Take a Stand Against Gun Violence, 2pm at the Bell Tower, (9th & Bank Streets) on the grounds of the Capitol. A dozen teenagers from the Richmond Peace Education Center presents a street theater performance and a call to end to gun violence. For details visit Richmond Peace Education Center, www.rpec.org or call 804-232-1002 or to learn more about the Vigil and Advocacy Day visit www.vacps.org.
Boaz & Ruth 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, 6pm at 2800 Third Avenue, Richmond, ceremony followed by a candlelight walk. Keynote Speaker Christy Coleman, Co-Chief Executive Officer - The American Civil War Museum. For details visit http://boazandruth.com/index.cfm or call 804-329-4900.
Wednesday, January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Celebration at Sharon Baptist Church , 22 East Leigh Street, 1pm, for more details about the Living the Dream, Inc., call 804-355-1166 or 804-355-1044.