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Beloved Community Cville’s Virtual Tour is being developed by a multi-racial group of locals who’ve come together around a common mission: to shine the light of truth on our shared history. Once complete our tour will take viewers to various historic sites and landmarks around Charlottesville, highlighting the public and personal stories of African Americans whose contributions to history were often racially and culturally marginalized. 

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Click HERE to read about "Creating Beloved Community in Cville" written by Elizabeth Shillue: “Most are familiar with MLK’s vision of a society based on justice, equality, and the love of one’s fellow human beings. What is often forgotten is how threatening his vision of “the beloved community” was to people…. (read more here)”
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Racial Justice / Education Events

March 16, Tuesday, 6 - 7 pm
EVELYN Barbour Lectures, 2021 Series, ”Climate Warriors”. In 2021 we will look at climate justice. Our series focuses on those in the African American community who address the social implications of climate change. Speaker Catherine Flowers  is the founder and director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice.   (Next speaker Heather Toney on April 13.)  Details .

March 17, Wednesday, 5:30 pm. Kaki Dimock on “Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortablein the Diversity Series at the Center at Belvedere. Register.

March 20, Saturday,  12 to 2:30 pm.
Intersectionality: Assimilation Doesn’t Doesn’t Generate Integration"
The Perkins House is sponsoring this event (see flyer). RSVP to receive Zoom link.

Wednesday, March 24, 4 pm
"Communication Strategies for Communities Standing Up to Hate" is a communications workshop for Not In Our Town communities (new and existing) and any groups standing up to hate led by Project Over Zero's Rachel Brown and Samantha Owen. Learn 1) how to respond when hate comes to town; 2) support people who have been targeted; 3) activities to keep people engaged; 4) nurture relationships outside of crisis moments.  Register on Zoom. For more information, visit here.
March 24, Wednesday, 5:30 pm
Allison Linney on “Do You Have Black Friends, or Do You Just Know Black People?” in the Diversity Series at the Center at Belvedere. Register.
March 25 Thursday 2 - 3:30 pm
Webinar, "Strengthening Your Organizational Anti-Racist Practice"
Non-Profit Quarterly is sponsoring this 90-minute webinar session, to help leaders identify how and where we can push ourselves, our institutions, and the sector, to combat anti-Blackness and, in doing so, break the barriers of structural racism. Cost $69. Click here for more information. Register here.
March 31 Wednesday 5:30 pm
Charlene Green on “Leveraging White Privilege to Change a Broken Social System” in the Diversity Series at the Center at Belvedere. Register
April 7 Wednesday 5:30 pm
 “Post-Event Wrap Up - What Have We Learned? Where Do We Go From Here?” Bob Garrity in the Diversity Series at the Center at Belvedere. Register.

April 3, 10, 17, 24, Saturdays 10 - 11:30 am 
Kate Fraleigh on “Our Unjust Criminal Legal System”, a UUCville adult program. Learn more and register.

April 13, Tuesday, 6 - 7 pm
Another Climate Warrior in the Evelyn Barbour Series. (See notes at March 16.) Heather Toney, is a national figure in public service diversity and community engagement.

Witness and Protests

Every Wed. 4:00 - 5:00 pm  Sojourners UCC holds a  “Witness for Justice” vigil on the corner of  Elliot Ave and Monticello Ave.

Charlottesville Players Guild has formed a vibrant and sustainable Black theatre community at its home in the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, which produces and creates theatre from and for the Black perspective. A new online work by playwright, director Leslie Scott-Jones will be showcased on March 25th to 28th. thirty-seven is about a young Black man who wrestles with the decision to get involved in the Movement for Black Lives. To learn more about the AMPLIFY season & get tickets click HERE.

African-American Arts & Cultural Events

At the McGuffey School Art Center:

Now until  March 28 
Water: The Agony and Ecstasy of the Black Experience  is a multi-media group exhibition featuring the work of 25 Black artists from VA. This exhibition is curated by The Charlottesville Black Arts Collective.
View online exhibition.

March 16, Tuesday, 5:30 pm
Poetry Reading by Adrienne Oliver will perform poems and prose she submitted for Water: The Agony & Ecstasy of the Black ExperienceOliver will also share some of the vital themes she explores in her work and reflect on her creative growth. 

March 15-17  Virtual Hip- Hop Film Festival
 9 Pillars Cultural Fest and the Heritage Center team up to bring you two films on the opposite ends of the cultural spectrum and a conversation  with some hometown artists concerning hip hop. Moderated by A. D. Carson
Suggested donation $5

March 28-April 21  1-2:pm  Black Theatrical Voices.   Four classes cover topic pertaining to the expression of Black identity in theatre.  
Learn more and register.

March 27, Saturday, 4 PM
Two short films by Ellis Finney submitted for the Water: The Agony & Ecstasy of the Black Experience exhibition. Following the two films,  moments slip through our hands like water and At Night, We Listen to Music and Share Stories,  Finney will share about his creative process and themes he explores in his work.

April 4, Sunday, 2 PM
Poetry Reading by Larry Giles.  Giles will perform poems and prose from his most recent book, Father Tree Water: Collected Poems and Photographs of the Rappahannock Mind Body Spirit and reflect on his themes with fellow artist Kori Price

At the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center:

March 25 - 28
The Charlottesville Players Guild presents thirty-seven by Leslie Scott Jones. See spotlight above.

Now until May1
Exhibit:  Charlottesville Collects African American Art of the 20th and 21st Century.  Learn more.


Other  Resources

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

Charlottesville Tomorrow.  Public service journalism.  

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

Legal Aid and Justice Center Newsletter.

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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