As a continuation of the work Westminster is doing to grapple with racism, here’s a friendly reminder to get and read The Hate U Give before class starts. This book was assigned reading for the Charlottesville City Schools’ 9th graders, and WPC’s Peace, Justice & Inclusion committee and the adult ed committee of the Christian Education Division feel it’s an important book for people of faith to read, from teenagers on up. Ms. Taylor gives multilayered insights into today’s (and, sadly, probably tomorrow’s) headlines dealing with issues of racial justice in our society. Gail Ott passes along this friendly notice: The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library “has tons of copies of the book as well as the sound recording, downloadable audiobook, and downloadable eBooks for free!!”
The Peace, Justice & Inclusion (PJ&I) Committee concludes its series of social justice discussions on Sunday, July 15. Please join us in the Library at 11:30 (after Mickie’s reception) for a panel discussion on gun violence prevention. We’ll have the following panel members help us grapple with this urgent need in our society:
- Rev. David Garth, of WPC, representing the Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention (and freshly returned from the Charlottesville Pilgrimage)
- Capt. Michael Martin, of WPC, Accreditation & Special Programs Manager, Greene County Sheriff’s Office
- Priya Mahadevan, of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Charlottesville chapter.
Families Belong Together Rally, June 30, 11 a.m., Old Albemarle County Office Building (corner of Preston and Mcintyre), organized by Indivisible Charlottesville and cosponsored by many local organizations, including CIRAC (The Charlottesville-area Immigrant Resource and Advocacy Coalition). Facebook event page.
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, in collaboration with the City of Charlottesville and other community partners, announces the Charlottesville Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage: On July 8th at 8 am, Charlottesville residents will “get on the bus” to begin the Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Their ultimate goal is to bring soil collected from the site where John Henry James was lynched in Albemarle County in 1898 to the newly opened Equal Justice Initiative’s Monument to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The soil will be delivered on the 120th anniversary of Mr. James’ murder. Along the way the bus will make stops at some of the most important civil rights sites in the country. The pilgrimage will include students, teachers, and other community members, as well as historians who will provide information as we move from one site to another. We will also be accompanied by Clergy and therapists to help us process difficult moments. Event page. Low income and full-fare participants can register to join the trip at http://jeffschoolheritagecenter.org/events/2014-fall-events/special-events/memorial-to-lynching/
A Community Discussion about Lynching: July 7, 11am, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Join us as we prepare to embark on the Charlottesville Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Program includes viewing of video of the soil collecting ceremony and showing of An Outrage: A Documentary Film About Lynching in the American South. Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren will discuss their film. Event page.
The Racial and Ethnic History of Charlottesville
Friday, March 30, 2018 – 1:30-3:00 p.m., Jefferson School – African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville
Charlottesville has a long history as a diverse city and of different people coming together to fight segregation and discrimination. Join us for an important lesson and discussion about the racial and ethnic history of Charlottesville.
Charlene Green has over 30 years of experience in education, working as a teacher in elementary and secondary schools and as an assistant professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She has been a trainer and consultant in Multicultural Education for 25 years. Charlene is currently the Manager for the City of Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights.
- February-early March–Multiple showings of the documentary I’m Not Racist … Am I? See Charlottesville Tomorrow for more info on the film’s showings in schools and libraries.
- Podcast–“Seeing White,” a subset of episodes from the “Scene on Radio” podcast series. Excellent explication of how we got here on race in America.
- Training–Congregate Cville will be offering rapid response training this spring on how to show up in potentially violent situations and serve as a nonviolent presence. Learn how to use our bodies to stand with those who are marginalized and vulnerable. If interested, contact .
- Article–“If the Church wants to reach young people, we must stand in solidarity with victims of racial injustice” by Rev. Osagyefo Sekou