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April 12, 2022 

  

BUCK v. BELL: Forced Sterilization

A Charlottesville native, Carrie Buck (1906-1983), was the first person chosen to be sterilized under the "Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act," signed into law in 1924. This law allowed state institutions to sterilize individuals deemed unfit due to "hereditary insanity" or intellectual disability. The United State Supreme Court ruled against Carrie in 1927 in Buck vs. Bell. Later evidence showed that Buck (and many of the 7,000 others in VA) had no "hereditary defects." It wasn't until 1974 that the Act was repealed. Carrie Buck is buried south of Charlottesville.

Click HERE and HERE to learn more. 

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 mothers, particularly in Central Virginia. Nationally known experts and local voices will explore the current Black infant and maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. and VirginiaSponsored in part by Birth Sisters of Charlottesville, Virginia Maternal and Child Health, and the Blue Ridge Health District. Register HERE


Remembering the Victims of Slave Auctions: The Healing of Charlottesville and A New Way Forward
Tuesday, April 12 | 7:00-8:00 pm | JMRL Central Library or Livestream 

Dr. Anne Bailey, SUNY Binghamton historian and author of "The Weeping Time," which details one of the largest slave auctions in U.S. history, will speak on research from the archives of the Albemarle County Courthouse about the sale of enslaved persons in Court Square. Presented in collaboration with organizations of descendants and in partnership with the Historic Resources Committee of the City of Charlottesville, UVA Democracy Initiative's Memory Project, JMRL, Preservation Piedmont, and the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. To attend in person, register HERE. Attend virtually on the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Facebook page.

Evelyn Barbour Lecture: Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter
Tuesday, April 19 | 6:00-7:00 pm | Virtual
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center will host The Moral Debt: A Conversation on Reparations, presented by Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter. Dr. Hunter is a professor of sociology and the Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences. He served as the inaugural chair of the department of African American Studies at UCLA. More information HEREThe talk will be streamed live on YouTube and FacebookA virtual community conversation with Dr. Hunter is scheduled for April 20, time TBD. Groups may indicate interest in attending HERE.

Montpelier Transformed: A Monument to James Madison and its Enslaved Community
Thursday, May 12th | 7pm | Virtual Event
The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society will host author and former Montpelier Foundation Board member, William Lewis, for a discussion of his new book "Montpelier Transformed: A Monument to James Madison and its Enslaved Community." PRE-REGISTER to attend this virtual event. 

 

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 swordsintoplowsharescville@gmail.com with your group’s name and contact information.

Charlottesville Civil Rights Tour
June 16-26, 2022
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and The Memory Project at UVA Democracy Initiative are partnering to offer (again) a Charlottesville Civil Rights Tour. The tour is open to Charlottesville community members passionate about racial justice who want to learn more about the U.S. civil rights struggle. The cost is $2,750 per person, not including flights. For more information about the tour, click HERE. Click HERE to register, sponsor a participant, and/or apply for a scholarship. 


  

The Sister Circle program at The Women’s Initiative in Charlottesville provides culturally responsive, trauma-focused mental health counseling and treatment, and offers social support that meets the unique needs of Black women and women across the African diaspora. Current Sister Circle offerings include a healing circle, yoga, dance, other mind-body healing opportunities, and a monthly newsletter.

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3rd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival
Saturday, April 30 
| 9:00-6:00 pm | Online
The National Antiracist Book Festival is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers. It is hosted every April by the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Learn more or buy tickets HERE.

2022 Greens Cook-Off

Saturday, April 30 | 1:00-6:00 pm | JSAAHC
Food is an important part of communal gatherings. When you hear someone say let me fix you a plate, you hear love. The Greens Cook-Off celebrates the communal moment of past traditions and future innovation while also redefining what southern cooking looks like. Entry to the Cook-Off is free, with a suggested donation of $5 to celebrate the winners. Entries are accepted in three categories: greens of any kind (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), mac and cheese (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), and pound cake. Each cook will have a 6ft table and must supply their own food, display, and serving material for 100 patrons. Table covers, serving cups, and cutlery will be provided. Entrants must submit their recipe for judging. Enter HERE to be a cook.

Gem of the Ocean 
Thursday, 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 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To attend, book Online.

Ellington's Evening of Music and Poetry

Saturday, April 16 | 7:00-10:00 pm The Paramount Theater
Ellington’s Evening of Music and Poetry is a night to celebrate the arts through spoken word poetry, R&B, and soul music. This event will feature headliner Lalah Hathaway, with opening artists Jaewar & Vibe Riot, Sheer Element, and Sunni Patterson. The event is FREE and tickets are available HERE. This event is hosted by UVA's Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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