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Honor MLK by giving back, serving our community and joining critical conversations

The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is a national day of service — and a time to re-commit to serving each other and our communities. The MLK Day of Service calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. It empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. Kings vision of a beloved community.  


Over the MLK weekendthe Community Foundation and its partners want to harness the power of individual and collective action through a series of events celebrating MLK Day.  In 2020, the convergence of a global pandemic and a movement towards racial justice highlighted both selfless acts and shared humanity, but also deep divisions and disparities. In 2021, MLK Day takes on greater importance as we seek to move forward with intention and resiliency.  Sign up to participate in the following activities and make this “a day on, not a day off” for you, your friends and family.  More details and registration can be found on our MLK Day webpage.



Tuesday, January 12th, 1:00 pm

Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism. with Points of Light

Education is a key step in the fight to end racism. Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D., LPC, author, professor and Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development at Tulane University, will help raise our race-consciousness by challenging stereotypes, reframing the history of racism and its impact on our lives, and share why healing from racism is an integral part of dismantling it. Click here to register.



Sunday, January 17th, 2:00 pm

 “Heard” Panel Discussion & Breakout Groups with Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement

 Hear from the storytellers in Heard, a documentary about five people who grew up in Richmond’s public housing communities. Breakout sessions will explore the importance of sharing stories and listening to people  with firsthand experience before taking civic action. Prepare for this event by watching "Heard" at the VPM website and click here to register for the discussion and breakout sessions led by Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.



All weekend (Saturday – Monday)

Community service projects

Sign up to participate in on-site or virtual service projects with community organizations serving the region. All in-person projects will enforce safety protocols as recommended by the CDC.  Register for a community service project here.



All month

"Pledge to Serve" campaign

Join our social media campaign to encourage more of our community to participate in service this year. Fill out a "Pledge to Serve" template with an act or type of service you plan to complete in 2021. Share your commitment as well as a blank template on your social media channels, encouraging others to make their own pledge. Use hashtags #MLKDayRVA and #PledgeToServe and tag and follow us at @cfrichmondva.