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March 29, 2022 
Docents of the Beloved Community Tour meeting together in March 2020,
right before the pandemic hit. Photo credit: Michael Cheuk.

Listening to the Living: Centering Black Women's Birth Experiences
Tuesday, April 12 | 5:30-8:00 pm | Virtual

A listening event for those who care for and/or make critical decisions impacting the experiences of black mothers, particularly in Central Virginia. Nationally known experts and local voices will explore the current Black infant and maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. and Virginia. Sponsored in part by Birth Sisters of Charlottesville, Virginia Maternal and Child Health, and the Blue Ridge Health District. Register HERE

Evelyn Barbour Lecture: Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter
Tuesday, April 19 | 6:00-7:00 pm | Virtual
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center will host The Moral Debt: A Conversation on Reparations presented by Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter. Dr. Hunter is a professor of sociology and the Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences. He served as the inaugural chair of the department of African American Studies at UCLA. More information HERE.

The talk will be streamed live on YouTube and FacebookA virtual community conversation with Dr. Hunter is scheduled for April 20, time TBD. Groups may indicate interest in attending HERE.

The Jackson Statue
Learn about the Jackson statue from Dr. Jalane Schmidt, Advisory Member for Beloved Community Cville, by watching this video.

The unveiling of the Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson statue in 1921 was attended by thousands of people, including local dignitaries like the President of UVA. The dedication was organized by local chapters of Confederate groups and the city was decorated with Confederate flags & colors for the occasion. Court Square Park where the Jackson statue currently stands is where McKee Row used to be, a predominantly Black neighborhood which was demolished and turned into a park for whites only. The Jackson Statue was removed on July 10, 2021.

This video is part of the Virtual Tour Project currently under development by Beloved Community Cville.

Nominations Needed for MLK Community Award

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is seeking nominations for its annual awards which will be presented during the celebration event on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at the Ting Pavilion on the Downtown Mall at 3:00 p.m.  
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Award goes to a resident of the greater Charlottesville area who has demonstrated Dr. King’s commitment to the civil rights of all, seeking to improve conditions and understanding between peoples of different races and ethnic backgrounds.
  • The committee is also accepting applications from community service groups and organizations. The grant amount depends on proceeds from the celebration, and a letter describing how the money would be used is required.
  • Letters of nomination for the Martin Luther King Jr. Award and applications for the proceeds must be postmarked no later than April 4, 2022. 
  • Email letters HERE. Or, mail letters to: 
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, ℅ Rev. Dr. Alvin Edwards
Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church 
105 Lankford Avenue, Charlottesville, VA  22902
  • More information HERE. 

Swords Into Plowshares Community Survey

In December, the Charlottesville City Council voted to give the city’s recently-removed statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC). [Read the news release.] The JSAAHC plans to melt down the monument to transform its bronze material into a work of public art. The public art project, called “Swords Into Plowshares,” will be informed by a community engagement process. Charlottesville area residents are invited to take this anonymous SURVEY. If you belong to a group that would be interested in discussing this project further, send a message to with your group’s name and contact information.

Charlottesville Civil Rights Tour
June 16-26, 2022
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and The Memory Project at UVA Democracy Initiative are partnering to offer (again) a Charlottesville Civil Rights Tour. The tour is open to Charlottesville community members who are passionate about racial justice and want to learn more about the U.S. civil rights struggle. The cost is $2,750 per person, not including flights. For more information about the tour, click HERE. To register, sponsor a participant, and/or apply for a scholarship, click HERE. 


Commonwealth Cake Company

Commonwealth Cake Company is a wedding cake design studio located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Owner and Cake Artist Tiffany Rosales takes pride in baking upscale wedding cakes from scratch using the freshest local and seasonal ingredients available. Commonwealth Cake works closely with couples to create the perfect edible work of art with a delicious signature style. To inquire more about these sophisticated wedding cakes layered with modern texture contact Tiffany at or connect via social media, linked below!


Descendants Day Celebration
Saturday, April 9 | 10:00-2:00 pm | Memorial to Enslaved Laborers
Join the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia for the annual Descendants Day celebration. The event will include genealogist Nicka Sewell Smith, Chihamba, and local live musical entertainment. Other program highlights include oral history sessions, family photos, and live music. To register, VISIT

Sunday, April 10 
| 3:00 pm | Ting Pavillion
The 37th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place at the Ting Pavilion on the east end of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. Charlottesville High School senior Jakia Maupin, the winner of the student writing competition, will read her essay, and Jonathan Spivey will lead the MLK Community Choir in several pieces. More information HERE.
3rd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival
Saturday, April 30 
| 9:00-6:00 pm | Online
The National Antiracist Book Festival is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers. It is hosted every April by the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Learn more or buy tickets HERE.

Gem of the Ocean 
Saturday, April 14-24 | 
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson, the first show for the Black Indigeneity Season, is the origin story for the matriarch within Wilson’s Century Cycle. Performances are Thursday - Sunday, April 14-24. Thursday - Saturday shows at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To attend, book Online.

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