A three-part learning series, presented by Virginia Humanities
The three-day #UnmaskingCville experience offers a safe space for candid and solution-centered dialogue about racism, led entirely by Charlottesville youth and young adults.
#UnmaskingCville is not just talk. By the end of the series, participants will feel more empowered and be better equipped to dismantle racism and promote equity and inclusion in the Charlottesville community and beyond.
Part I – Connect + Film: 6/21/18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PVCC Main Building
Participants will meet, talk, and connect over dinner. They’ll also attend a film screening hosted by Enjoli Moon, founder of the Afrikana Independent Film Festival and assistant film curator at VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art. Small group conversation and a talk-back session will follow the film.
Part II – Backstory Breakdown: 6/22/18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
PVCC Dickinson Theater
A diverse panel of young, changemaking, Charlottesville natives will explore how race and racism have shaped the City’s past, impact its present reality, and influence its future. Panelists include:
- Niya Bates, Public Historian of Slavery & African American Life at Monticello
- Zyahna Bryant, student activist, co-founder & chair of the Charlottesville High School Black Student Union
- Nikuyah Walker, Mayor of Charlottesville
- Jordy Yager, independent journalist
Part III – Learning in Action: 6/23/18, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
PVCC Main Building
The final part of the series features a workshop facilitated by social justice and inclusion educator Yolanda Avent.
Youth and adult participants will explore impactful ways to confront racism, how to self-identify biases, and get resources from organizations committed to growing Charlottesville into a more inclusive community.
#UnmaskingCville community partner Virginia Education Association has provided the following resources for teachers and parents including tips on recognizing and correcting bias in the classroom, and steps to help educators connect with all students, no matter their background.
- Recognizing Self-Bias (pdf)
- Tips on Relating to Students of all Backgrounds (pdf)
- How to Talk About/Teach Difficult Subjects Related to Race (pdf)
Based on the 2017 series, “The Unmasking: Race & Reality in Richmond,” the series title is inspired by the poem “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar. #UnmaskingCville is about stripping away the pretense and taking individual action to benefit the whole community.
This program is made possible through the generous support of Melanie Biermann and Marty Younker.