Mayor Levar Stoney to Serve as Keynote Speaker on Martin Luther King Day

Dec 01, 2017


Levar StoneyRandolph-Macon College will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 15, 2018 at 12 p.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts (205 Henry Street). Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney will serve as the keynote speaker. This event is free and open to the public.

R-MC’s Ujima Gospel Choir will perform during the celebration. The Ujima Choir is a multicultural organization that enhances unity through worship and praise as it promotes Gospel music throughout the Randolph-Macon and Ashland communities.

Mayor Levar M. Stoney
Levar M. Stoney was sworn in as Richmond's 80th Mayor on December 31, 2016. He is the youngest mayor ever elected to serve the city.

A graduate of James Madison University, Stoney served as the first African American Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was the youngest member of Governor Terry McAuliffe's cabinet. As Secretary, he led the largest office of the cabinet.

Stoney served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia during a transformative time for the state, leading to President Obama’s historic Virginia victory in 2008. In 2013, he served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Governor McAuliffe's successful gubernatorial campaign.

He is a 2006 graduate of the Minority Political Leadership Institute and serves on the VCU Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board; GRASP, a college-access organization; and the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation 2019 Commemoration. He is also a member of Richmond Crusade for Voters and the NAACP.

Stoney has initiated a number of long-term improvement projects aimed at building One Richmond. In addition, his first budget included a record-breaking investment in Richmond’s public-school students. He also created the Monument Avenue Commission.

Since the people of Richmond elected Stoney as mayor, Richmond has been named the #2 Top Place Millennials are Moving by Time Magazine and a Top 25 Best Place to Live by U.S. News and World Report. Southern Living also named Richmond one of the South’s Best Cities. The Richmond Times-Dispatch recognized Stoney as the 2016 Person of the Year. In June 2017, he was named a Politico Rising Star.

Celebrating the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For many years, Randolph-Macon College has celebrated the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by inviting a distinguished speaker to campus to commemorate King's birthday. Previous speakers have included former Virginia Governor and Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, Pastor and Civil Rights leader Wyatt Tee Walker, former Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, entrepreneur Shelia Johnson, Secretary of Commerce and Trade in the Commonwealth of Virginia Maurice Jones, and Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, acting president at Virginia Union University.