Over the next two weeks the University of Virginia will join the local community to celebrate the life of civil rights champion Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme for this year’s celebration, “The Call to Higher Ground,” is a quote from a 1965 King speech mobilizing support for “creative non-violence.” It is also a call, said UVA President Teresa Sullivan, to explore King’s words “in the context of our world today.”
The Library joins the celebration with two events in the Harrison/Small Special Collections Library. On Monday, January 18, on the first floor lobby, an exhibition, “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution: The American Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1970,” will display twenty-four items—“letters, newsletters, photographs, poetry and reports”—related to the struggle for civil rights. The exhibition will run through February 29. And on Friday, January 22, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., in the Harrison/Small Auditorium, there will be a presentation, ‘Unchained and Unbroken’: A Multimedia Event, with material documenting the Civil Rights Movement here in the Charlottesville area.
Please see the complete calendar of Martin Luther King events at UVA, and join with the community to commemorate the life of a man whose courage revolutionized a nation and captured the conscience of the world.