Shenandoah University in Winchester will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with free events Jan. 20 through 24. The theme will be “Resistance, Resilience and Activism.” Activities include:

• Jan. 20: 3-4 p.m., Associate Professor of History Ann Denkler and Director of Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute Jonathan Noyalas will discuss the experiences of the Shenandoah Valley's enslaved in the decades leading up to and during the Civil War, in Goodson Chapel; 4:30-5 p.m., the Harambee Gospel Choir will perform; 5-6 p.m., service of remembrance with Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Therapy Hakeem Leonard.

• Jan. 21: 10-11 a.m., Mangyang Yeath Kur, founder and director of the Humanity Helping Sudan Project, will present a program in Armstrong Hall; 1-2 p.m., Kur will discuss the South Sudanese refugee crisis and his company 734 Coffee, which gives back to the Sudanese people; 7-8 p.m., Professor of Sport Management Brian Wigley will talk about the 1968 Olympic protest exploring the little-known Olympic Project for Human Rights, the influence of prominent sociologist Harry Edwards, and how athletics played a role in the Civil Rights Movement.

• Jan. 22: 3-4 p.m, performance by Conservatory students illustrating the theme of persistence and resistance through music and dance, in Goodson Chapel-Recital Hall.

• A ball pit will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 21 in the Brandt Student Center encouraging students to talk about difficult topics.

Several service projects are set for the week, including a Rise Against Hunger food packaging event from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 20 in Shingleton Gymnasium and a Food Recovery Network meal packaging event from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 in Allen Dining Hall.

The week concludes with a slave cemetery mapping project from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 in Middletown. A schedule of events can be found at or email Amy Sarch at Registration may be required for some events.


  • Starting Monday, January 20th, 2020, repeated every day until Friday, January 24, 2020 — all day


Shenandoah University

1460 University Blvd.
Winchester, VA