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Visits from local leaders to highlight VCU’s annual MLK celebration

Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church Pastor Tyrone Nelson, American Civil War Museum CEO Christy Coleman, Rep. Donald McEachin and Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras will deliver remarks at events.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week begins Jan. 20. A weeklong series of events — including keynote remarks from Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church Pastor Tyrone Nelson, Rep. Donald McEachin, Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras and Christy Coleman, CEO of The American Civil War Museum — will offer the university and Richmond community an opportunity to honor the iconic civil rights leader.

The keynote speeches by Nelson, McEachin, Kamras and Coleman — to be held Jan. 20-25 at various locations on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus — will discuss King’s legacy and ongoing community efforts in the areas of higher education, social justice, public education and fair housing.

Media interested in covering these speeches may RSVP by contacting Mike Porter in University Public Affairs at (804) 828-7037 or mrporter@vcu.edu.

Rev. Tyrone Nelson
Jan. 20, 6 p.m. (a reception begins at 5 p.m.), Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St.

Christy Coleman
Jan. 23, 4 p.m., Cabell Library, Lecture Hall Room 303, 901 Park Ave

Jason Kamras
Jan. 24, 2 p.m., Cabell Library, Lecture Hall Room 303, 901 Park Ave.

Rep. Donald McEachin
Jan. 25, 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.), Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St.

VCU and community educational programs throughout MLK Week — including a day of service Jan. 21 — will commemorate King’s leadership, spirit of service and dedication to nonviolence and justice.