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February 28, 2022 
Black History is American History

 [Photo credit: Michael Cheuk] DeTeasa Gathers, at the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the
University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
By: Amie Knowles | Published: February 16, 2022 | Original Publication: Dogwood 
Beloved Community C-ville’s virtual tour of significant historical sites in Charlottesville was featured on February 16, 2022, in Dogwood, an online civic media publication. Writer Amie Knowles spoke with Dr. Jalane Schmidt, a Beloved Community C-ville advisory member and University of Virginia professor, about the importance of learning and celebrating Black history stories not only during Black History Month – but every month.

In the article, Schmidt said, “It’s really important to highlight these contributions because, as it’s often said, ‘Black history is American history.’ It’s important and needs to be taught as such because it helps to understand where our country’s been and where it’s going. If you look at it kind of through these actors, through these African American historical figures, you can see the expansion of multiracial democracy, and it’s made the country what it is, so it’s really important to understand.”

Standard narrations of US history, Schmidt told Dogwood, often omit Black history. But, she said, “when you think about just the expansion of democracy as we know it—a lot of it has been as a result of Black people’s struggles. The Republic as we know it today just really wouldn’t exist in the form we know it.”

And while emphasis is placed on Black history during the month of February across the nation, Beloved Community C-ville's  website and YouTube page are available and active year-round. Read the full article click HERE.

Liberation and Freedom Days      

Charlottesville commemorates Liberation and Freedom days on March 3 -6, celebrating the arrival of Union Cavalry into the area in 1865. The surrender by local town and university officials led to the liberation of more than half of the town’s population. African-Americans made up 53.3% of the population at the time and thousands of enslaved residents took advantage of the Union occupation as an opportunity for escape.

On March 3, 1865, Union troops led by Generals Philip Sheridan and George Custer arrived on the outskirts of University grounds (on Ivy Road near St. Anne’s-Belfield School). Continue reading HERE. 

Commemoration of 
Liberation and Freedom Days

All Liberation and Freedom Day events are free and open to the public.

Reparations Fun Run/Walk
March 1-6
Registrants can choose to run/walk this route anytime during the week. The 9.7-mile route spans significant sites of local African American history and Black businesses. Donations will support seven organizations with Black leadership or that support the community directly. For more information or to register, click HERE

History of African American Spirituals with Mr. Calvin Earl
Thursday, March 3 | 12-1:30 pm | Memorial to Enslaved Laborers
The commemoration will include a pre-show celebration with Chihamba beginning at 11:45 am, a moment of silence, the history of Charlottesville's Emancipation Days, and
 a discussion with Mr. Earl. Bring your lawn chairs. Hosted by the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA and co-sponsored by UVA's Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the event will be livestreamed on DEC-UVA's Facebook page.

Book Talk
Thursday, March 3 | 6-9 pm | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Dr. Jalane Schmidt will discuss her forthcoming book that discusses Charlottesville’s Civil War and Reconstruction history, among other topics. 

Swords Into Plowshares Community Engagement Kick-Off 
Saturday, March 5 | 3-4 pm | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Let your voice be heard in the discussion about the values that should be expressed in Charlottesville’s public spaces. To register, click

Masks are required when visiting JSAAHC.

Livable Cville: Can Zoning Createa More Affordable Charlottesville?
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | 5:30pm-6:30pm | Virtual
Everyone interested in zoning in Charlottesville is invited to this event. Dr. Jenny Schuetz from Brookings Metro will be speaking via Zoom on zoning and affordability. It will be a great opportunity to learn how to advocate for a more affordable Charlottesville. 
Register HERE.
Reparations and Genealogy: An Exploration into the Nature of Repair
Thursday, March 17, 2022 | 6:00pm-7:30pm | Virtual
Join Lotte Lieb Dula and Briayna Cuffie of Reparations4Slavery to explore how genealogy can serve as a tool for healing. In partnership with Coming to the Table - Charlottesville. FREE and open to all. Register in advance for this online meeting HERE.

Virginia Festival of the Book

The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: A Conversation with Felicia Rose Chavez
Wednesday, March 9 | 7-8 pm | Virtual
Felicia Rose Chavez (The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop) discusses how to be culturally attuned, twenty-first-century educators. This virtual event is FREE and open to the public. Click to register

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. To attend, please register here or make plans to watch on

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 to attend and open to the public.

For more information on the Virginia Festival of the Book >
K&K Electronic Recycling

    K&K Electronic Recycling owner Rachel Kemp-Knick stands ready
to pick up electronic waste from your home or business.
K&K Electronic Recycling helps customers in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and surrounding counties responsibly dispose of E-waste from homes and businesses, thus keeping toxic wastes from entering our landfills and recovering reusable materials for reuse. K&K Electronic Recycling uses data security compliant with USA Department of Defense standards and offers a Certificate of Destruction if needed. See this link for accepted items.
Schedule a pick-up at your home or office — or a drop-off at K&K’s location. Contact owner Rachel Kemp-Knick at or (434) 806-6350 or use this contact form

Meet the Artists: Sacred Music of Monticello
Friday, March 4, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:30pm | The Center
David McCormick and Early Music Access Project will participate in a panel discussion about their musical experiences growing up in the Black church, and composer James Dargan will speak about the ways in which his encounters with various Black sacred traditions have informed his compositional style. The panel discussion is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE

Sacred Music of Monticello Concert
Sunday, March 6 | Christ Episcopal Church
This concert, presented by Early Music Access Project, features soprano Brianna Robinson and countertenor Patrick Dailey and includes the world premiere of spirituals arranged by baritone James Dargan, who will also perform. CLICK HERE for more information or to purchase tickets.

Picturing Climate - Exhibition
March 5 - May 28 
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Picturing Climate provides a window into local actions to promote climate justice and aspires to broaden local resident engagement in ongoing advocacy work. Photographs, artwork, and poetry from area youth will be showcased alongside interactive data to shed light on the nature of climate injustice in our region. The exhibition is a collaboration between UVa’s Equity Center and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. For more INFO.

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