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APRIL 26, 2021

Unregulated Historical Meanderings: Equity and Inclusion
April 27 Tuesday 6:00pm
Join the Albemarle County Historical Society for a conversation with Siri Russell, Director of Equity and Inclusion, and Ann Mallek, Board of Supervisors Member on the Board of Supervisors’ initiative to support the sharing of Albemarle County history to broaden our publicly told histories to  include our complete community.  Register.

White People & Defunding the Police
April 27 Tuesday  8:00 pm      
For many, defunding the police is a new idea. Join SURJ and Mariame Kaba-- organizer and leader in the transformative justice and abolition movement-- as we explore what we mean when we talk about abolition and how you can plug in to the work!  Register for webinar or watch livestream.

Black Women's Battle for The Ballot
April 29 Thursday 12:00 - 12:45 pm

Evette Dionne, author of Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box  and Martha S. Jones, author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All discuss their works as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book "Shelf Life " series. Register.  The video recording will also be available following the event.

Challenging Slavery in the Courtroom
May 3 Monday 7:00 - 8:00 pm
William G. Thomas III shares the story of enslaved families in Maryland and the hundreds of lawsuits they brought against slavery.Register to take part on Zoom or watch the livestream on

The Politics of Food
May 11 Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
The Indigenous Studies working group from UVa explores how food plays a significant part in the cultural survival and affirmation of two Indigenous communities and how shifting patterns of participation in food assistance programs have shaped foodways among Native American women in Oklahoma.  Register.

Symposium Hosted by the Ba'hai Society: Advancing Together Toward a Just, Inclusive and Unified Society,
May 18 Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Relationship Between Justice and Truth.

May 19 Wednesday 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 3:30 -5:00 pm

Participation in Transformative Social Change.

May 20 Thursday 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
The Relationship Between Means and Ends.



John Henry James, a Black man who lived in Charlottesville and sold ice cream, was accused of assaulting a white woman named Julia Hotopp in 1898. Before he could be taken to trial, he was pulled off a train and lynched by a mob of 150 unmasked armed white men in the area of Boar’s Head Inn and Farmington Country Club. No one was ever charged for his murder. In 2018, soil was collected from that area and over 100 folks from our community made a pilgrimage by bus to Alabama to deliver the soil to the Equal Justice Initiative's National Memorial in Montgomery. 

Learn more about the lynching John Henry James HERE and HERE and visit the historical marker located at the Albemarle County Courthouse.
Children’s Book Celebrating the 10th & Page Neighborhood
Virginia Humanities and City of Promise have teamed up to create a children’s book that honors the Westhaven community. Promise To Grow,written by local author Marc Boston and illustrated by Ariel Mendez, follows the adventures of a boy who dreams about his future and does good deeds in the neighborhood.
This publication coincides with Virginia Humanities’ move to Dairy Central, located in the 10th & Page Neighborhood, later this spring.  More information .

Ongoing Protest
Every Wednesday 4:30 - 5:30 pm  Sojourners UCC holds a  “Witness for Justice” vigil on the corner of  Elliot Ave and Monticello Ave.
Introducing Civil Spring Water, an aluminum-bottled bottled water company. Civil Water was founded by two young African-American Charlottesville natives, with a goal to revolutionize the bottled water industry by doing away with plastic and bottling their pure spring water in the number one most recycled material, aluminum. You can explore their mission and shop directly on their website:

Charlottesville Players Guild of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
MAY 1 Saturday  7:30 -9:00  ONE NIGHT ONLY
See About the Girls by Ti Ames.  

A story of memory, family and the effects of childhood trauma, See About the Girls seeks to answer the question, “What do you do when the war is over? Tickets are ON SALE NOW!
Exhibit at Jefferson School
Now until May 1
"Charlottesville Collects African American Art" features painting, photography, and sculpture by local and national African American artists.  Each work suggests cultural praxis over the last 70 years.

Aesthetic Traditions of The African American South at VMFA
May 20 Thursday  6:30 -7:30 pm
Curator’s Opening TalkRegister.

May 22, 2021 –September 6
'The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse
The Dirty South makes visible the roots of Southern hip-hop culture and reveals how the aesthetic traditions of the African American South have shaped visual art and music. The exhibition looks into the frameworks of landscape, religion, and the Black body as deep meditative repositories of thought and expression. Get your exhibition tickets now!


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