“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Basketball STEM-ED Connects program Gospel Showcase Drumline Competition
HISTORY: THE ANNUAL FREEDOM CLASSIC FESTIVAL
The Freedom Classic Festival was originally formed in 1996 to acknowledge and commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy of the Civil Rights movement. Teaming with two historically black universities–Virginia State University and Virginia Union University–the Freedom Classic Festival has grown into more than just a basketball game. Over 10,000 guests enjoy the creativity and diversity of festival events each year. Since its inception in 1996, the Freedom Classic Festival has been able to expose over 50,000 youth to life-changing experiences through mentorship opportunities, community service, donations, and volunteer opportunities.
In addition to the basketball tournament, this year’s festivities will include the annual STEM-ED Connects program, a gospel showcase, Community Day of Service, and much much more!
FREEDOM CLASSIC FESTIVAL | JANUARY 16TH-18TH
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” These words, spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are a reflection of his lifelong dedication to perpetuate justice, hope and peace for everyone.
Dr. King’s legacy extends far beyond the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, his legacy encompasses his entire life, including his selfless character and tireless service to others. In fulfilling life’s purpose, he exemplified what it means to give, volunteer and be a commanding force of positive change.
In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 2015 Freedom Classic Festival theme is: What are you doing for others? This year, we are asking those from all walks of life to come together to help serve, strengthen and advance our own communities, right here in Richmond.
As we reflect back on Dr. King’s life and legacy this upcoming MLK Day, let his words of purpose, action and introspection motivate us all to deflect the attention away from our own individualistic desires to our responsibility to society and mankind. There is still work to be done.