Washington and Lee University will honor the life and work of Martin Luther king with a week-long celebration beginning on January 15th, 2016 – the actual birthday of this brave American. The college is located an easy 20 minute drive from Steeles Tavern, VA.
The University kicks off the celebration with a toast accompanied by cupcakes on Friday, January 15th 2016. On Sunday, January 17, 2016 Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will speak on “Reviving the Revolutionary King”. This Georgetown University Professor of Sociology will respond to a question-and-answer session following the keynote address.
On Monday, a panel of distinguished attorneys and professors will discuss the relevance of one of Dr. King’s speeches in “In His Own Words: Lessons from Dr. King for Today”.
In the continuing series of “The Ethics of Citizenship”, Dr. Claudia Rankine will expound on “The Creative Imagination and Race: The Making od Citizen”. Dr. Rankine holds the Aerol Arnold Chair of English at the University of Southern California.
Thursday, January 21st 2016 offers a viewing of the movie, “Selma” with a discussion following the movie. Panelists include three professors from Washington & Lee’s departments of history, English, and law.
The Martin Luther King Remembrance Concert on Saturday, January 23, 2016 completes the celebration of Martin Luther King’s life in the Shenandoah Valley. This concert has become a tradition with the W&L University Singers, Cantatrici, the Men’s Glee Club, and the MLK Combo. The concert includes a reading of the famous “I have a dream” speech and includes audience sing-a-long musical pieces as well. The free concert is held at the First Baptist Church in downtown Lexington, VA – just a short drive from Steeles Tavern Manor.
The long weekend celebration starts with a Virginia state holiday, Lee Jackson Day. This day honors the two most well known Lexington residents: Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Lee rescued a small college from financial ruin. That college is now known as Washington & Lee. “Stonewall” Jackson was a leader in the community and a professor at the Virginia Military Institute.
Take a long weekend, relax from your workload and learn about thess American gentlemen who had such a great impact on our country.