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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole
Thursday, January 25
7pm - 9pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium

Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole will keynote the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Commemoration Program, lecturing on, "Barriers are Meant to be Broken." This year's remembrance is part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of African Americans in Residence at W&M.

Onawumi Jean Moss, the Soulful Storyteller
Thursday, April 12
5:30pm - 7pm
Sadler Center, Tidewater A/B

Ms. Moss is a storyteller, narrator, keynote speaker and author. Her performances encourage pride of heritage, appreciation of cultural differences and recognition of kinship, as well as inspire imagination, motivation, reflection and inquiry. 


Black Opera Gala
Friday, April 13
7pm - 8:30pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium

Opera in Williamsburg will present a melange of scenes from Black operas. This performance is part of the year-long celebration to observe the 50th Anniversary of African Americans in Residence at William & Mary.

Ongoing Events

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Brave Enough to be First: Exploring 50 Years of African Americans in Residence at William & Mary
Friday, September 15 - Sunday, May 13
Swem Library, Marshall Gallery, First Floor Rotunda

Brave Enough to be First serves to honor the legacy of the three women who were the first African Americans in residence at William & Mary, to shed light on just how far we have come, and to inspire continued diversity and inclusion.

Building on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection
Saturday, September 2 - Sunday, January 14
Muscarelle Museum of Art


Living the Legacy: Oral Histories Commemorating 50 years of African Americans in Residence
Thursday, August 31 - Monday, January 15
Swem Library, Entrance Gallery

Living the Legacy is a dynamic exhibit featuring the intricate, inspiring stories of African Americans who experienced these inaugural years firsthand and who broke barriers for the generations to come.