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Watch the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Awards

Posted at 12:04 AM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 10:31:51-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- WTVR CBS 6 joined Virginia Union University to present the 43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Awards.

This year's special event was broadcast Monday at 9 a.m. on WTVR CBS 6 as well as the WTVR CBS 6 and Virginia Union University Facebook pages.

You can watch the special in the video box above.

"We’re excited to continue our 43rd annual MLK Community Leaders Celebration versus breakfast," Virginia Union University President Dr. Hakim Lucas. "I think that’s the biggest innovation an opportunity that usually it was a breakfast that 800 to 900 people came together... not only lift up the history of the legacy of the social justice movements across the Commonwealth but also reconnect and to establish new friendships, relationships, and network."

Lucas said the event's goal remains true, amid changes because of the pandemic, to the founders and visionaries who created the Community Learning Week to inspire Virginians "to build community in your home, in your local block, your subdivision, in your local residence, in your community and in the state and in this Commonwealth."

Lucas said The Honorable L. Douglas Wilder, Del. Dolores McQueen, and the Rev. Dr. Patricia Gould Champ will be honored for their service.

"We’re excited about these individuals who we believe represent the ideals of Dr. King and are really a sign of the great work that we’re already engaged in to build this beloved community," Lucas said.

Additionally, the Virginia Poverty Law Center, the Sisters Network of Central Virginia and the Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughters.