Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Laurel Ridge

For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2016

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MLK celebration


Laurel Ridge Community College will celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 18th, at both the Middletown and Warrenton, Virginia, campuses.  The event is open to the general public, at no charge, and light refreshments will be served after each presentation. Each campus will announce the winner of the “Walking King’s Talk Award” which epitomizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the enhancement of human rights, civil rights, social action and civility.

The Middletown campus, located at 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA, will begin festivities at 12:00 p.m. in the Thompson Conference Center. The program will include music preformed by Laurel Ridge student Jessie Stewart, a presentation by the Laurel Ridge Forensics Team, and remarks from special guest, Tyson Gilpin, NAACP Education Committee Chair-Winchester Chapter.

The Fauquier campus, located at 6480 College Street, Warrenton, VA will begin the celebration at 5:30 p.m. in the Loeb Center. Ebonee Sanders, a Fauquier County community leader, veteran, and former teacher, will give this year’s inspirational message. The Reverend Lemuel Montgomery will lead the Martin Luther King, Jr. Choir featuring traditional and contemporary spiritual selections.

 Laurel Ridge conducts the MLK Day event each year, and solicits essay entries and nominations for the “Walking King’s Talk Award” from the College community and general public.  For more information regarding these events, contact the Student Activities Department at 540-868-7240 or [email protected].MLK celebration


Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected]173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.