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Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

William & Mary's annual observance of Dr. King's legacy kicks off the spring semester.  The William & Mary chapter of the NAACP organizes a Candlelight Vigil and readings of Dr. King's words. Following the vigil and walk across campus, students and community members gather for an address by a guest speaker.
  • Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole addresses the audience at the MLK Commemoration

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole.

  • MLK Commemoration

    Student performers dazzle the crowd at the MLK Commemoration.

  • Renowned journalist Roland S. Martin

    Renowned journalist Roland S. Martin served as the keynote speaker for the annual commemoration event in 2019.

  • Students by candlelight on the Wren Yard for the MLK Commemoration

    Participants light candles in the Wren Courtyard and march to the Sadler Center to hear the selected speaker give their address.