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Community Celebrations and Commemorations

All justice-loving Virginians celebrate the news that Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation on March 24 abolishing the death penalty in Virginia, a practice rooted in racism and lynching.  Virginia has executed 1390 persons since 1608.


Help With Urgent Construction Needs
The C’ville Builds Fund accepts applications for urgent construction repair needs from non-profits working for racial equity, small business owners, and low-income homeowners suffering the effects of COVID-19.  Click for details on elegibility.

A Summer Opportunity For Education and Community Service
Applications being accepted  NOW  for The Trailblazers, a dynamic  program that prepares young African Americans to give tours of exhibitions  at the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center  (JSAAHC).  Students learn African American history and acquire the skills to become community educators. Pay is $8/ hour during training and when guiding. The program begins June 14  and ends August 13Apply here.


Racial Justice Events & Education

Virginia Organizing Sponsors Community Conversation Series
March 30 Tuesday 6 pm.
This series gives space to brainstorm and discuss the future of Charlottesville and Albemarle. The first topic: community safety, the history of the police prison-industrial-complex and community centered responses.  Register

The Diversity Series at The Center
March 31 Wednesday 5:30 pm
Charlene Green on “Leveraging White Privilege to Change a Broken Social System”. Register

Lecture Series on Criminal Legal System
April 3,10,17,14 Saturdays10 -11:30 am
Kate Fraleigh on "Our Unjust Criminal Legal System", a UUCville adult program.  Learn more and Register.
Suggested donation $5.

The Diversity Series at The Center
April 7 Wednesday 5:30 pm
Bob Garrity  moderates “Post-Event Wrap Up - What Have We Learned? Where Do We Go From Here?Register.

Evelyn Barbour Lectures, 2021 Series, ”Climate Warriors
April 13 Tuesday 6 - 7pm
The series focuses on those in the African American community who address the social implications of climate change. Speaker  Heather Toney is currently serving as an environmental justice liaison for the Environmental Defense Fund.  Online.  Facebook and YouTube.
African American Teaching Fellows works to support and develop current and prospective African American educators to serve local schools. We support the education of African American college students with financial support, professional development, and a community of educators to encourage them throughout their journey. Our Fellows become invaluable role models and help prepare all young people to thrive in a diverse world. For more information or to support our work, visit:

Spotlight On Local Black History

Isabella Gibbons is a well known educator and historical figure in Cville. While working as a slave for a professor at UVA Isabella Gibbons learned how to read and was able to teach her own children, despite it being against the law. After emancipation she went on to teach at the Jefferson School for more than 20 years. Her powerful words about slavery at UVA are inscribed on the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. To learn more, click HERE. Photo courtesy of Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

African-American Arts & Cultural Events

Charlottesville Collects African American Art
Now until May 1
This exhibition at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center features painting, photography, and sculpture by local and national African American artists.  Each work suggests cultural praxis over the last 70 years.

Other  Resources

Collective Announcements. From the Charlottesville Clergy Collective. Subscribe.
Charlottesville Community Cares Newsletter.  Local Covid -19 challenges and solutions.   Subscribe.

Charlottesville Tomorrow.  Public service journalism.   Subscribe.

Criminal Justice Monday Email. Thorough coverage of local and regional criminal justice issues.  To subscribe write to 

Legal Aid and Justice Center Newsletter. Subscribe.

UCARE Newsletter. UVa  and racial equity.  Subscribe.

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