Virginia Union University Will Host the 44th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Celebration in Partnership with Local Stations

December 31, 2021

Virginia Union University Will Host the 44th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Celebration in Partnership with Local Stations  

[RICHMOND, VA – December 22, 2021] -- Virginia Union University (VUU) will host the 44th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Celebration on Monday, January 17, 2022, in partnership with Living the Dream, Inc., Dominion Energy, WTVR (CBS 6) and WGNT (CW 27). This is the second year VUU has partnered with WTVR to broadcast and stream the event throughout the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas. 

“CBS 6 is once again grateful to partner with Virginia Union University in providing unique programming honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. It is a tremendous opportunity to recognize those individuals and organizations who continue to live out Dr. King’s vision,” said Stephen Hayes, General Manager of WTVR and WGNT. 

MLK Beloved Community awardees fall into one of seven categories: legacy, faith, art, health, educational equity, social justice, and economic justice. This year's award recipients are: 

  • The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts – Health Equity 
  • Clovia Lawrence and Sandra Antoine for Operation Stamp the Vote – Social Justice 
  • Reverend Dr. Robert Winfree and New Life Deliverance Tabernacle – Faith 
  • Janine Bell and the Elegba Folklore Society – Art and Culture 
  • An Achievable Dream Inc. (Richmond and Hampton Roads) - Education 
  • Ujima Legacy Fund and SisterFund – Economic Justice 
  • The Honorable Willie J. Dell – MLK Beloved Community Legacy Award 

“We are pleased to partner again with Living the Dream, Inc., Dominion Energy and WTVR to bring this celebration into thousands of households throughout Richmond and Hampton Roads,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President and CEO of Virginia Union University. “During this celebration, we will not only reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and his local impact, but also recognize local and regional leaders and organizations whose efforts embody Dr. King’s spirit of selfless giving for the benefit of our ‘beloved community’.” 

This event will air on WTVR - CBS 6 in Richmond and CW 27 in Hampton Roads at 9 a.m. ET. For more information, contact Felicia Cosby, Director of Government and Community Relations, FDCosby@vuu.edu.

About Virginia Union University  

Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Virginia Union University offers a broad range of educational opportunities that advance liberal arts education, teaching, research, science, technology, continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences. Visit www.vuu.edu for more information.