Join with the Library in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with gospel music, a game, and a symposium on “Healing Hate.”
As part of this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, the UVA Library is joining with the Office of African-American Affairs and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to present the 4th Annual MLK Gospel Explosion: John P. Kee and New Life Community Choir’s I Made it Out Tour on Saturday, January 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.
Singer John P. Kee has earned accolades as a top-ranked gospel performer and pastor of the New Life Fellowship Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Inspired by the work of the Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Kee overcame a troubled life of drugs and crime, emerging in the late ’80s as a powerful vocalist and minister. For three decades, Pastor Kee’s albums have made him one of the most popular contemporary gospel artists of his generation.
Tickets are available through the University of Virginia Arts Box Office.
FACTUALITY: THE GAME
The Library also joins with the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and the Center for Health Policy at Batten, to invite you to the auditorium of the Small Special Collections Library, Tuesday, January 28, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., for a game, but it’s not about winning; it’s about life. The game is Factuality.
Each player chooses to be a character from a particular ethnic background — Asian, White, African American, or Latinx — diversified further by gender, sexual orientation, religion, and social class. In the game, each character encounters situations highlighting advantages and limitations to their assigned identities based on issues like redlining and gentrification, race and gender pay gaps, incarceration and bail disparities — data is compiled from real-world stats about the effects of structural inequality on the various groups.
The rich mix of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and class does not allow for easy answers. Participants reflect on the intricacies of structured inequality and acquire information they can use to dismantle preconceived biases. Find out more about yourself than you knew!
Registration is required. Please register.
The Center for Health Policy; ChangeLab Solutions; The Equity Center at UVA; UVA Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Law; Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law; the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute, and the University Library will host a two day symposium “Healing Hate: A Public Health Perspective on Civil Rights,” Thursday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Law School, and on Friday, January 31, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Pinn Hall in the Medical School.
Registration is required both days on the MLK events website. Please register.
Please check the MLK events calendar for more UVA events.