HAMPTON, Va. (September 25, 2018) – The Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission is holding a Community Conversation at Hampton University’s William R. & Norma B. Harvey Library on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Library’s meeting room.
The Commission is holding a series of Community Conversations throughout the year to remember Dr. King’s legacy and influence in Virginia, which are being held in each of the locations across the state that Dr. King visited, fifty years after his death. For the Conversation taking place at Hampton University this upcoming Wednesday, Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University’s President, will be giving the opening welcome address. “Dr. King visited our beautiful campus several times. I also remember that he, along with other African American leaders during the Civil Rights Movement, visited my home in Alabama where my mother and father provided respite for out of town travelers,” Dr. Harvey said. “I am honored to provide opening remarks for this discussion. I hope that all attendees walk away with knowledge and fondness of Dr. King.”
Dr. King not only visited Hampton University in 1956 to deliver his talk, “The Montgomery Story,” in the Memorial Chapel, but his mother, Alberta Williams King, was a graduate of Hampton University, Class of 1924. During the series, the Commission will join community leaders, religious leaders, historians, educators, and members of the community to serve as panelists to reexamine Dr. King’s time in the Commonwealth, reflect on his vision of a “Beloved Community” and ask, as Dr. King did in his final book, “Where do we go from here?”
“The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission is remembering and honoring Dr. King's life and legacy during this 50th Anniversary of his assassination by holding Beloved Community Conversations in the cities where Dr. King visited in Virginia between 1952 and 1967. The 2018 conversations focus on where we are today in accomplishing Dr. King's vision of a beloved community in the City of Hampton and where do we go from here,” said Dr. Mamie E. Locke, professor for Hampton University and Vice Chair of the Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission.
The Commission was created in 1992 by the General Assembly to honor the legacy of Dr. King through educational, historical and cultural programs, public policy analysis, and public discourse on contemporary issues. For more information on the Commission’s work, visit mlkcommission.dls.virginia.gov.