Virginia Union University Holds 45th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leaders Celebration

January 09, 2023

[RICHMOND, VA – January 9, 2023] -- Virginia Union University, in partnership with WTVR (CBS 6) will hold its 45th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leaders Celebration this Friday, January 13, 2023. The event will be held in person at the Downtown Richmond Marriott at 7:30 AM. 

“We are excited to celebrate the life of Dr. King and honor individuals whose character and work embody his spirit,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President and CEO of the university. “This is our third year partnering with local stations to highlight the fine work of individuals who are making a difference right here in our community.” 

The celebration will reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and highlight RPS principals whose contributions exemplify Dr. King’s practice of selfless giving for the benefit of the community. This year’s theme, "In All Things, Excellence" aligns with the spirit and vision of VUU, anchored in its African American heritage and commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Reverend Dr. Howard-John Wesley, Senior Pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Additionally, VUU will present the first Living the Dream Legacy Award, presented posthumously to the Honorable Representative A. Donald McEachin. 

The event will be broadcast on Monday, January 16, at 10 AM on CBS 6 (Comcast, channel 206 and Verizon, channel 466).

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For additional information, contact Deborah Alston, Senior Director of Alumni Relations at dalston@vuu.edu or (804) 342-3936.