All members of Steward community invited to MLK Day events

Steward students, parents, alumni, and friends of our community are invited to join us on January 20 as we celebrate resilience through the work, words, and life of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

As many of you may recall, two years ago we started a new tradition of providing programming for families on this holiday. Building on the success of the past two years and the positive feedback we received, here are this year’s events:

  • 9:30 a.m. – Buses will depart Steward and travel to Short Pump Town Center.
  • 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Private screening of the newly released movie, Just Mercy, based on the highly-acclaimed book, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. This movie is rated PG-13.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Buses depart Short Pump Town Center and return to Steward.
  • 1-2 p.m. – Lunch (pizza provided) and “talk-back” opportunity following the screening. We are pleased to welcome Ashley Diaz Mejias as our facilitator for the lunch discussion. Ms. Mejias is the co-author of Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion. She will share her experiences working with the Richmond Community Bail Fund and connect the film to Richmond’s historical and present issues with incarceration and the presumption of innocence to citizens. 

Registration is required. The movie screening is limited to the first 100 participants.



Additional opportunities include:

While this programming is optional, we hope you will participate. Upper School students may attend the movie screening and luncheon on their own, but Middle School students must attend with a supervising adult. The movie screening is not recommended for Lower School students; however, the University of Richmond’s MLK Family Day is appropriate for all ages.

About Ashley Diaz Mejias
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Ashley Diaz Mejias began regularly challenging systemic bias while working as the educational director for a small nonprofit after graduating from college. Drawing on both her research and pastoral experience in men and women's correctional settings, Ashley has written for blogs and led curricula for institutional and congregational conversations on race, systemic bias, and mass incarceration and is currently a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church, USA. When she isn't writing, she is either working with an amazing group of folks to grow the Richmond Community Bail Fund or she is pastoring at the Lord Jesus Korean Presbyterian Church. She earned her MDiv from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2016, her MA from the University of Virginia in 2006, and her BA from Rhodes College in 2001. Ashley now lives with her husband and three young daughters in the East End of Richmond, Virginia.




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