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July 19, 2022 
UVA Division for D.E.I. Workshop: I Felt That, Microaggression and Its Impact
Thursday, July 21|12:30 - 1:45 pm | Online

This presentation will provide an overview and definition of the concept of microaggressions, examples of three distinct types of microaggressions and their impact on individuals, and a method for confronting microaggressions in different scenarios and situations. Register HERE. Email Sly Mata with questions here

Additional Dates for Summer/Fall 2022: 08/25;  9/22;  10/20;  11/17;  12/15.


Legacy Productions presents: A one-night-only fundraiser event & musical performance by Lester Starr
Saturday, July 23 | 4-6 pm | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

The UVA Center for Politics, Legacy Productions, and the Martinsville 7 Initiative are working on a joint project to develop a documentary about the Martinsville 7. The Martinsville 7 were seven black men accused of raping a white woman in 1949, incarcerated on death row, and wrongly put to death. The lives and circumstances of the men are critical in understanding and examining this obstruction in the American legal and social system. Register HERE. Learn more, HERE.


Unveiling: The Origins of Charlottesville's Monuments
Saturday, July 30
| 8 pm |Market St Park, 101 East Market St
Premiere screening event of Unveiling: The Origins of Charlottesville's Monuments. The film will begin at sundown with opening remarks by Professor Jalane Schmidt, director of UVA Democracy Initiative's Memory Project. Formal seating will not be provided, and we encourage all moviegoers to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets. More information and registration are 


The Story of Us: Reclaiming the Narrative of #Charlottesville through Portraits of Community Resilience
Starting August 5
Downtown Mall. 

Photojournalist Eze Amos will display his photo narrative project giving voice to the experiences of Charlottesville residents surrounding August 12, 2017. Photographs of our community coming together in resistance – holding space, being brave, being vulnerable, showing love for each other – will be suspended among the trees of the downtown mall. With the aid of a Q.R. code, viewers will be transported to that exact moment as they hear the voice of the person featured in the displayed photo describing the experience in their own words. More information and support Eze's GoFundMe project HERE.

UVA Division for D.E.I. Workshop: That's the Way of the World, Intro to D.E.I.
Tuesday, August 16 | 12:30 - 1:45 pm | Online
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are words that affect many of our lives, but what do they really mean? How are they defined? What can they mean to you? Join us as we provide an introductory overview of these definitions and their potential value to you. Register HEREEmail Sly Mata with questions here.   

Additional Dates for Summer/Fall 2022: 09/13; 10/11; 11/15, 12/6.

                    The Fight to Enroll at UVA

Gregory H. Swanson consults with Assistant Law Dean Charles Woltz after registration at UVA on Sept. 15, 1950. Photo Credit: UVA Lawyer.

For 131 years, women and people of African descent were not admitted to the University of Virginia. The University had been established in 1819 for white men only. The first Black student to attend was Gregory Swanson in 1950. He sued the university and was allowed to enter law school after winning the federal lawsuit. Eight years later, Leroy Willis became the first Black undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences (1958). Women (of any race) were not officially admitted to UVA until 1970.

More information HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Swords Into Plowshares Community Survey

In December, the Charlottesville City Council voted to give the city’s recently-removed statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC). [Read the news release.] The JSAAHC plans to melt down the monument to transform its bronze material into a work of public art. The public art project, called “Swords Into Plowshares,” will be informed by a community engagement process. Charlottesville area residents are invited to take this anonymous SURVEY.

If you belong to a group that would be interested in discussing this project further, send a message to with your group’s name and contact information.

The Pie Guy

The Pie Guy is a local food truck and mobile catering business that specializes in hand held pie goodness. The Pie Guy offers delicious hand-held pies inspired by traditional dishes from around the world. “Most with meat, still some sweet.” 

The Pie Guy is proud to use local ingredients, premium grass-fed beef, and free-range eggs, with a catering menu spread composed of premium cut steak, crab cakes, vegan-vegetarian options, and signature pies.

The Pie Guy has a complete To-Go, catering, and special order options for corporate functions and intimate dinner parties — and can be found at the City Market and around town. The Pie Man Coffee is available Monday through Saturday at 1325 West Main Street.

HERE on their website, or check out their Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram pages to find out where The Pie Guy is serving up pie goodness.
You can also
 call Keith Groomes, Jr. at 434-825-0508.

Sundays on the Yard
Sundays| 1:00-4:00 pm | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
During Spring and Summer, JSAAHC takes over the Yard for a community get-together on Sunday afternoons. The celebration includes a cookout with food from Pearl Island Catering, music from Hurt City DJs, dancing, and fellowship. Register HERE to join the celebration!

2nd Annual Soul of Cville: A Celebration of Black Excellence in Central Virginia
August 12-14 | IX Park, 522 Second St. SE. 

Festival programming will include live music and performances, a fashion show, a Black artisan market featuring local vendors, food from local Black-owned restaurants, and a pop-up skate event with De La Roll. There will also be a free screening of the 1989 film Do the Right Thing in conjunction with the IX Flix free summer film series at sundown on Friday, August 12. FREE admission. More information HERE.

Exhibit - Eze Amos: Witnessing Resistance
July - September 16, 2022 | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC)
Witnessing Resistance features 18 images taken by photographer Eze Amos between 2016 and 2017. Images represent activist resistance to the Alt-Right who attempted to recruit members in Charlottesville. For more information, click HERE.
Charlottesville Players Guild Presents: Titus
Now through July 24, 2022 | JSAAHC
Ti Ames adapts arguably the first script W. Shakespeare ever wrote, to create the foundation of our story.  Jamahl Garrison-Lowe, fresh off his role as “Solly” in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, returns to CPG for his directing debut. Thursday through Saturday curtain is at 7:30 pm. Sunday curtain is at 2:00 pm. If you purchase a virtual ticket, links to view the show will be in your receipt. In-person patrons must show proof of vaccination at the door. Register HERE
Hidden Figures - The Movie
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 | 4:00-6:15 pm  | The Center
An all-star cast to brings the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson-- three African American women working as mathematicians at NASA-- to life. Set in 1960s Hampton, Virginia, the three women use their mathematical skills to help the United States achieve one of the things it wants the most-- a victory over the Russians in space---even as they fight against the barriers of racial segregation in the Jim Crow south and struggle for professional recognition from their male colleagues. Free and open to all. Register

Margot Lee Shetterly - Interview and Book Signing
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 | 6:30pm-8:00pm

Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. An interview with Ms. Shetterly and Q&A session will be followed by a book signing. Free and open to all. Register HERE
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