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JANUARY 17, 2022 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Note: The numerous events scheduled to celebrate Martin Luther King are listed below under Celebrations and Commemorations.

Evelyn Barbour Lectures
Jan 18 Tuesday 6:00 pm,  Jan. 19 breakfast
 Frank B. Wilderson III author of Afropessimism and Incegnegro, will address “The Moral Debt: A Conversation On Reparations.”  Hosted by Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, funded in part by Virginia Humanities. Live streamed on Facebook and Youtube.
Jan 19 the JSAAHC will host a breakfast conversation for local groups interested in the topic.

Righting the Wrongs: Tackling Health Inequities 
Jan 19
Wednesday 10 am-1 pm.  Panel includes Isabel Wilkerson (author of Caste)and David Williams (author of How Racism  Makes Us Sick). DETAILS

Breaking Silence: Lessons From Tulsa and Charlottesville
Jan 20 Thursday 11:00 am-12 noon
 From The Miller Center. DETAILS.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Charlottesville

When MLK arrived at the Charlottesville airport in 1963 for his speech at UVA, there was no official greeting, and he wasn’t welcomed in our restaurants or hotels. Many were concerned about the negative attention his speech at Cabell Hall Auditorium could bring. Thus UVA officials, administrators, student council members, and much of the general public opted out of attending, leaving him with an unfilled venue.

But that night King told those who came to listen, “if democracy is to live, segregation must die.” He reminded them that, “non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.” He was perceived as a serious threat for expressing these kinds of truths. People tend to forget how disliked he was when he was killed.

There are still people wishing to tear down the legacy of MLK. There’s currently a movement afoot in various parts of the country to ban books about him and to eliminate anti-racism initiatives in schools. In our own community,  a lawsuit against the Albemarle County School Division seeks to undo the county’s anti-racism policy adopted in 2019.

And Glen Younkin’s first executive order as governor is “to ensure excellence in K-12 public education in the Commonwealth by taking the first step on Day One to end the use of inherently divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, and to raise academic standards."

The struggle for justice and equality continues on... right here, right now.

-- Elizabeth Shillue
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Local Restorative Justice Program
The Zehr Institute at Eastern Mennonite University is collaborating with Albemarle County and Charlottesville City to pilot a restorative justice program aimed to divert offenders out of the criminal justice system. Program design and training will continue through January. For questions contact:

Lessons From Unite the Right Trial
Supporters of Integrity First for America  gathered to celebrate their historic victory in Unite the Right lawsuit and reflect one lessons learned.  Watch the video recording of that event here.

Perkins House seeks new residents
The Perkins House is a multiethnic community of young women in Charlottesville, VA. It exists to instill the next generation with a life-long vocation of Christian community development modeled by John and Vera Mae Perkins and to honor and engage with the historic Venable and 10th & Page neighborhoods. Rent is $360/month (including utilities). Open to students & community members. Learn more: or email
Youth Art Contest
Rumi Forum Charlottesville and Charlottesville Clergy Collective are supporting a contest with the theme “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion.” 
The Art Contest is for 6th - 8th Graders, with prizes ranging $150 to $50. 
The Video Contest is for 9th - 12th Graders, with prizes ranging $100 to $250. Submit entries by February 25, 2022More information available.
(L to R) Charles Lewis (productions/engineer, co-host), Maxicelia Robinson (creator, co-host), and Troy (Razor) Robinson (manager/sales and community contributor/color commentator).
In My Humble Opinion

In My Humble Opinion is live radio every Sunday from 12 pm -3 pm offering honest, thought-provoking conversations about issues affecting the local Black community. IMHO, part of the Charlottesville Inclusive Media Project, engages with community guests to fulfill its mission to encourage, to enlighten, inform, and to effect positive change.

Local and online streaming FM station WVAI-LP 101.3 Jamz, social media via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.  
In addition to events sponsored by the wider community, both the University and the UVA Medical Center have assembled impressive programs including eminent speakers and helpful resources. We attempt here to organize these events in one calendar. Most events require separate registrations. Consult DETAILS for each event.

Jan 17 Monday 11:00 am -12noon  Rev. Derrick Parsons speaks on Flourishing Together DETAILS.

Jan 17 Monday 7:00 pm Alex-Zan's annual Martin Luther King event, Channel 14

Jan 18 Tuesday 11:00 am - 12 noon "How We Heal" (National Day of Racial Healing) Panel discussion. DETAILS.

Jan 18 Tuesday 7:30 pm Concert by social activist Crys Matthews  for National Day of Racial Healing. Stream on facebook and Youtube.

Jan 19 Wednesday 5:00 - 6:30 Miki Kendall, sponsored by the Women's Center on "Why We Can't WaitDETAILS.

Jan 20 Thursday  10:00 am - 2:30 pm Health Equity Summit. Guests: Daniel Dawes, Richard Rothstein. DETAILS.

Jan 20 Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 pm Peace Corps story slam by Returning Black Peace Corps volunteers. DETAILS

Jan 20 Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 pm Community discussion on The Community Read book, MLK's Why We Can't Wait    

Jan 21 Friday 1:00  -2:00 pm  Tour: The History of Race at UVa Medical Center 1901 - 2000; 2 :15-3:00  Public discussion

Jan 21 Friday  2:00 - 4:00 pm Untold Stories of Pavillion X @ UVA event  & exhibit at Upper Garden of Pavillion X. DETAILS 

Jan 23 Sunday  4:00 pm The 37th Annual Community Celebration and  Worship. Virtual panel features local activists, Bitsy Waters, Sarad Davenport and Cameron Webb. Event Location: Virtual via YouTube Live

Jan 24  Monday 12 noon Justice and Activism: A Conversation Nikuyah Walker and Renee Cummings DETAILS

Jan 25 Tuesday  5:00 -7:00 pm  Inside Sines v. Kessler.  A panel discussion with key participants in the trial offered by UVA Law School DETAILS.

Jan26 Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm  Documenting and mapping Historic Green Books locations.  DETAILS

Jan 27 Thursday  6:00 - 7:00 Yamiche Alcindor gives keynote address "Black History and the Legacy of MLK:  Purpose, Truth, and Justice" 
Sponsored by the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion DETAILS

Jan 28 Friday 12 noon PRIDE presents a Batten Hour discussion with Victoria Lill from DOJ Civil Rights division. DETAILS

Feb 8 Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Health Disparities Conference  featuring faculty  and students doing clinical, educational and community projects addressing health inequity.   DETAILS 
2022 Greens Cookoff
Jan 19  Wednesday 1pm  - 6pm
Categories: Greens, Mac and Cheese, pound cake.  Entry free.
More details.
Enter here to be a cook
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