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High School Symposium Explores Race, Monuments, and Memorials
VFH’s African American Programs, Encyclopedia Virginia, and With Good Reason recently partnered with James Madison’s Montpelier for an interactive high school symposium exploring race, monuments, and memorials.
Students attend a master class by Civil Rights icon Ruby Sales at UVA Photo by Stephanie Gross.
Changing the Narrative
Announcing Major Funding for a Multi-Program Initiative to Address Racism and Racial Bias in Virginia
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) at the University of Virginia has been awarded $899,435 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for “Changing the Narrative.” The two-year project aims to broaden and reframe narratives of Virginia’s past by engaging local communities and youth in addressing the present-day challenges of racism and bias. It is part of […]
Film screening: “The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia”
John Dabney was a giant of 19th-century Richmond. Born enslaved, Dabney was hired-out to bars and restaurants — and managed to save enough from tips to purchase the freedom of his wife and child when they were threatened to be sold away. He earned a reputation for elaborate “Hail-Storm” mint juleps and terrapin stew. Dabney […]
Charles Marsh and Ruby Sales at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Photo by Stephanie Gross.
Ruby Sales and the Future of Civil Rights Activism
Civil rights leader Ruby Sales visited Charlottesville on November 29th to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH).
Civil Rights Leader Ruby Sales to Speak in Charlottesville
Civil rights leader Ruby Sales will visit Charlottesville at the end of November to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH). The event, “Every One of Us: A Conversation with Ruby Sales on Race, Spirituality, and Public Life,” will take place on Wednesday, November […]
Every One of Us: A Conversation with Ruby Sales on Race, Spirituality, and Public Life
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is proud to welcome civil rights icon and public theologian Ruby Sales in a conversation with Charles Marsh, professor of religious studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, moderated by Justin Reid, director of African American programs at VFH. The event will take place from 6:00-7:30 […]
Ernest J. Gaines. Photo: ErnestGainesCenter.Blogspot.com
Navigating the Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines
Join VFH Fellow Keith Clark of George Mason University for an exploration of the work of Ernest J. Gaines. Gaines has solidified his place among the pantheon of southern African American fiction writers, his work often inviting comparisons to Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Alice Walker. A prolific writer over the past five decades, Gaines […]
Our Civil Rights: Race & Labor
Join Dr. Andrew Canady for History United’s Our Civil Rights: Race and Labor, a series of conversations that explore the history of race as it influenced labor in the Nation, the South and in our local community. This session will discuss the 1960s Civil Rights movement and its effect on integrating various industries, including the textile […]
2010 Richmond Folk Festival - Photo by Peter Hedlund
Richmond Folk Festival 2017
Celebrating its thirteenth year, the Richmond Folk Festival has become the largest folk festival on the East Coast. Each year, VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program produces the much loved Virginia Folklife Area, featuring crafts and musicians from around the Commonwealth. The Richmond Folk Festival features more than thirty performing groups on seven live music stages with […]
Webinar Series: Transforming Historical Harms
Eastern Mennonite University’s Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice is hosting a series of webinars to highlight narratives that can help historically divided communities explore the past, confront current issues, and move together into a shared future. The first, “Transformative Community Conferencing” takes place Wed. Sept. 20 at 4:30 pm and features Dr. David Anderson Hook of the […]
Amanda Seales, Talib Kweli, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Monique Greenwood
Afrikana Film Festival
Actor Amanda Seales from the HBO hit show Insecure, and legendary hip hop artist-activist Talib Kweli are just two of the big names coming to Richmond for the second annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival, co-sponsored by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities African American Programs. Attendees can expect four incredible days of film, dialogue, music and partying. […]