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Closures, service activities happening in the metro for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted at 7:20 AM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 07:20:06-05

RICHMOND, Va — There are several closures on Monday for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Among the closures are government offices, schools, and banks. There will also be no mail delivery.

MLK Closures

In honor of the civil rights leader, there are several events and activities happening on Monday in the metro.

The Steward School in Henrico planned a “day on” for Monday. That means students, teachers, and staff were going to take part in service activities as part of “Discover the Leader in You.” There were also leadership activities planned for students.

The activities include participating in a Special Olympics Obstacle Course, making vegetable soup for homeless shelters, and making flower arrangements for people who live at local nursing homes.

At the University of Richmond, the legacy of Dr. King will also be honored — both off and on campus. While classes there were canceled for Monday, several events were scheduled. They include a walking tour of Jackson Ward, and an MLK Family Day with snacks, stories, and crafts for children ages 2 to 12.

There is also a cleanup at the historic East End Cemetery, as well as a dinner preparation for families staying at the Ronald McDonald house.

In the evening, a candlelight vigil in honor of Dr. King is taking place at Monroe Park. Organized by the Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., the vigil would include discussion of Dr. King’s approach to civil rights, what he stood for, as well as discrimination and segregation. Participants would also have a silent vigil march to VCU Cabell Library. There, they’ll hear Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

The vigil is set to take place at 7:00 p.m. It’spart of MLK Celebration Week at VCU.

Classes at VCU were also canceled for Monday.