MLK Challenge


Student Union Ballroom and Moton Museum

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Anyone can be great because anyone can serve! What better way to celebrate his memory and his mission than by engaging ourselves in community service? Too many people see the MLK Holiday as just another day off. My hope is that the MLK Service Challenge helps Longwood see this holiday as a “day on” and not a day off. We want to challenge faculty, staff and students to CELEBRATE this remembering Dr. Kings words and giving back to their community.



MLK Oratorical Competition


Moton Museum

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and in conjunction with the MLK week sponsored by Longwood University we are hosting an MLK oratorical competition that will stand in alignment with the theme of the week: “One community: Injustice Anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” All submissions in alignment with that theme will be accepted. There will be two different levels of the competition, both a high school and college level. The students will be asked to enter into one of three categories: poetry, original oratory and dramatic interpretation. There will be two rounds of competition with a potential performance for all of the winners at the end of MLK week.


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Tim Wise


 Jarman Auditorium

Rowe Gallery-Lancaster Hall 5:30 pm


In this talk, Tim Wise examines the ways in which racism in the U.S.—even blatant forms thought to be long buried—are rearing their ugly heads again and threatening the future of American democracy. Heightened police brutality, racial profiling, attempts to limit voting access by people of color, and blatantly racialized anti-immigrant backlash are among the issues explored (and tied together) in this especially timely speech.

Tim Wise is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

Wise began his career as a Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized in the early ‘90s to defeat the political candidacies of white supremacist, David Duke. From there, he became a community organizer in New Orleans’ public housing, and a policy analyst for a children’s advocacy group focused on combatting poverty and economic inequity.

Wise is the author of six books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. His next book, Culture of Cruelty: How America’s Elite Demonize the Poor, Valorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future, will be released in early 2015.



Common Ties: A Night of Celebration and Reflection Reception

 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 Moton Museum           

 Join us for a night of reflection and celebration as the Longwood University and Farmville communities come together to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement and forge a new bond of cooperation and collaboration. This black-tie optional reception and silent auction will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Moton Museum from 7-9pm. Tickets are $10 per person and $18 per couple with entertainment provided by local artists.

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MLK Bus Trip

 All day

Washington, D.C.

 The MLK Bus Trip to DC is an interactive experiential program that encourages student learning, reflection, and development with regards to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Going along with the theme, “Bridging the Dream: From Civil Rights to Human Rights,” we will take a trip through the past to explore the Civil Rights Movement and the challenges those involved faced, and on our journey back to Longwood students will be prompted to begin to tie the new information they learned on the trip to their current Longwood experience, resulting in more civically engaged students.


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