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JANUARY 31, 2022 
Slave Auction Block Vigil (2/28/21) Left to right: Apostle Sarah Kelley, Cauline Yates, Rev. Dr. Lehman Bates, Rev. Xavier Jackson (also pictured singing), Dr. Kevin McDonald, and Kim Swift.

Affordable Housing is Sustainable Housing
January 31, Monday - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Zoom webinar hosted by UVA’s Sustainability Civic Engagement Sub-committee and the Community Climate Collaborative. Panel discussion exploring the essential link between housing affordability and sustainable design. Learn more and register HERE.

Book Talk: Limited Choices
February 5, Saturday -2 pm
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Director Dr. Andrea Douglas talks with co-authors Emily K. Abel and Margaret K. Nelson about their book, “Limited Choices," which investigates the impact of structural racism and discrimination through the story of Charlottesville native Mable Jones, employed by the authors' family in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. Live on
Facebook and JSAAHC’s YouTube channel.
Black Lives, White (Sugar) Empires: Notes on Confinement and Care in the Wake of the Texas Prison System
February 7, Monday - 5 pm
Zoom lecture hosted by UVA’s School of Architecture and Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Author Dr. Ashanté Reese discusses her book that seeks to map the distinction between sugar – a product of racial capitalism – and sweetness, a necessary component of Black life. Learn more and register HERE.

2022 UVA Health Disparities Conference: Why We Can't Wait, Healthcare Justice for All
February 8, Tuesday - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
UVA hosts Health Disparities Conference featuring faculty, residents, and students doing clinical, educational and community projects addressing health inequity. Details HERE.
Swords Into Plowshares 

Last month the City of Charlottesville donated the Lee Statue to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center to undertake a public art project called, “Swords into Plowshares.” This community-wide initiative, in its early stages, involves a 6 month period of community engagement followed by the selection of an artist who will transform the melted down statue into public art. Beloved Community Cville is honored to have been invited to join the Advisory Group for this project. 

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is now struggling with a lawsuit. The JSAAHC and the City of Charlottesville were sued last month by confederate heritage groups seeking to keep the statue intact. The JSAAHC needs and deserves our support and gratitude for embarking on this difficult work on behalf of our community.

We hope that you’ll participate in the upcoming community engagement process and will consider making a donation to the project through Indiegogo. We believe that the Swords into Plowshares project will take our history’s painful history and turn it into a rare opportunity for healing!

Watch this newsletter for information on how to get involved!

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Perkins House Seeks New Residents
The Perkins House is a multiethnic community of young women in Charlottesville, VA. It exists to instill the next generation with a life-long vocation of Christian community development modeled by John and Vera Mae Perkins and to honor and engage with the historic Venable and 10th & Page neighborhoods. Rent is $360/month (including utilities). Open to students and community members. Learn more HERE or email
Youth Art and Video Contest: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion
Rumi Forum Charlottesville and Charlottesville Clergy Collective are supporting a contest with the theme “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion.” 
The Art Contest is for 6th - 8th Graders, with prizes ranging $150 to $50. 
The Video Contest is for 9th - 12th Graders, with prizes ranging $100 to $250. Submit entries by February 25, 2022More information available.
Marley Nichelle showing the tools of their trade.
Marley Nichelle Photography
Marley Nichelle, multi-media artist, commercial photographer and photojournalist, is experienced in Landscape, Street, Concert, and Studio photography. Inquire or book a session with Marley through their website or via Instagram (geechiemarleyexperience) or Twitter (

"Ghana to Gullah" exhibit coming up soon!
February 4 - 25 at Second Street Gallery, multimedia storytelling of artist’s journey from Ghana to the Low Country of South Carolina, where Marley Nichelle was born and nurtured.

The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State 
February 3, Thursday - 12 pm to 12:45 pm
Virginia Festival of the Book Shelf Life event with author Charles L. Chavis, Jr. Learn about one of the last lynchings in Maryland, which ultimately led to the state’s pioneering Interracial Commission. More info and register HERE.

Marley Nichelle: "Ghana to Gullah" 
February 4 - 25 at Second Street Gallery, multimedia storytelling of artist’s journey from Ghana to the Low Country of South Carolina, where the artist was born and nurtured. "it is important for these stories to be shared because, in Gullah culture, owning your story is controlling your story.” ~ Marley Nichelle

Charlottesville Players Guild Season Opens 
"Gem of the Ocean" by August Wilson is the first show for the Black Indigeneity Season. Click HERE for more info. Season subscriptions are on sale now! 
Collective Announcements from the Charlottesville Clergy Collective. Subscribe.
Charlottesville Community Cares Newsletter. Local Covid-19 challenges and solutions. Subscribe.

Charlottesville Tomorrow. Public service journalism, local and timely. Subscribe.

City of Promise Newsletter.  Working with children to achieve their fullest potential. Subscribe.

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ReimagineCVA. A directory to ways to connect with the social structure in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. Subscribe.

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Vinegar Hill Magazine. A Black perspective on business, culture, politics in central Virginia. Read and Subscribe.

Virginia Organizing challenges injustice by bringing people together to work for change in their communities. We have a new Charlottesville organizer! Sign up for newsletter and action alerts.
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