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March 14, 2022 
Professor Jalane Schmidt burns sage at the Prayer and Purification Ceremony after the removal of the "Johnny Reb" statue on September 2020.
Learn about the “Johnny Reb” statue from Lyall Harris, Docent with Beloved Community Cville, by watching this 2-minute video.

The “Johnny Reb” Statue

“Johnny Reb” was a nickname Federal soldiers gave to Confederate soldiers and the statue in Charlottesville was one of many inexpensive, mass-produced statues installed throughout the South to promote the “Lost Cause” narrative. The United Daughters of the Confederacy erected it in front of the Albemarle County Courthouse in 1909 and it was removed on Sept 12, 2020.

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


Learn more about why the statue was taken down by clicking HERE.
For local news coverage of its removal on Sept. 12, 2020 click HERE.

Systemic Racism in Medicine
Wednesday, March 23| 12:00-1:00 pm | Zoom and In-person at the Medical School's Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium
Presentation by Bram Wispelwey, MD MPH MS, Hospitalist and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Health for Palestine, George Washington University, Washington DC. Free and open to the public. 

                    Workshop: I Felt That, Microaggression and Its Impact
Wednesday, March 23 | 12:30-1:45 pm | Zoom 
     
The workshop will provide an overview and definition of the concept of microaggressions. This presentation will also provide participants with an approach on how to defend themselves using the R.A.V.E.N. method. If you have any questions, please contact Sly Mata at gdh2ny@virginia.edu.

Evelyn Barbour Lecture: Frank B. Wilderson III
Friday, March 25 | 6:00-7:00 pm | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Dr. Davarian L. Baldwin, author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower and Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life will offer a public lecture as part of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center's conversations on the subject of reparations. Groups may indicate interest in attending HERE. Due to COVID restrictions, seating is limited to 20 people.

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 birthing individuals, particularly in Central Virginia. Nationally known experts and local voices will explore the current crisis of Black infant and maternal mortality in the U.S. and Virginia. Click to register

100 Black Men of Central Virginia advocates for the elimination of the achievement gap of African American males in grades K -12 and works towards this goal directly through mentoring male students in Charlottesville and surrounding counties in Central Virginia. The nonprofit, non-partisan 100 BMOCV welcomes public involvement in its efforts to improve the quality of life within the community. Programs include weekly mentorship and tutoring sessions via Zoom; High School Scholars program; and the M-Cubed (Math, Men, & Mission Summer Academy for rising 5th through 8th graders in the Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools.

The Inner Work of Racial Justice: A Conversation with Rhonda V. Magee
Wednesday, March 16 | 2-3 pm | Virtual
Mindfulness teacher and law professor Rhonda V. Magee (The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness) discusses the intersections of anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices. View this virtual event HERE.

Halfway Home: A Conversation with Reuben Jonathan Miller
Wednesday, March 16 | 7-8 pm | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Reuben Jonathan Miller (Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration) discusses his work studying mass incarceration, including life after incarceration, and shares the stories of the men, women, and communities fighting against a system that is designed for them to fail. This in-person event is FREE and open to the public.


My Monticello with Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
Friday, March 18 | 4-5 pm | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Jocelyn Nicole Johnson (My Monticello) discusses her debut book, a collection of short stories, and the eponymous novella, exploring burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging. This in-person event is FREE and open to the public.
To learn more about Virginia Festival of the Book >


Exhibit: Memory Quilts 
Saturday, March 12 - June 4 | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
The exhibit includes the work of master quilter, Deloris Jones Thomas. 
A master quilter, Thomas researched old patterns, those associated with the Underground Railroad and ideas of her own making, to explore the relationship between color and form. The nine quilts included in Memory Quilts move beyond mere function to describe Thomas’s sense of her lived and remembered environs. More information HERENote: Masks are required when visiting JSAAHC.

Gallery Talk: Memory Quilts 
Saturday, March 26 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm  |Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Dr. Andrea Douglas will talk with master quilter Deloris Jones Thomas, who fondly recalls the time spent as a child working on quilts with her mother. Nine years ago she returned to this practice to recall past memories and to create new ones of her own. The talk will be broadcast to Facebook and YouTube simultaneously. 

Book Signing: Unforgettable Jackson P. Burley High School 1951–1967
Saturday, March 26 | 2:00 pm | Jackson P. Burley Middle School Media Center

The book, written by Lucille S. Smith, documents the rich history and legacy of an African American institution that served black students. The event will also have a special guest vocalist, former students, and more. Jackson P. Burley High School graduates are renowned scholars, educators, and entrepreneurs to name a few.

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 730 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To attend, book Online.

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