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"From Main Street to Martin Luther King Street"

Panel Discussion

Presented by the Black Graduate and Professional Student Organization

Date:        February 4, 2013

Time:        6:00-8:00 PM

Location:  Great Room, Garrett Hall


Race and class are categories that are written upon the landscapes of cities across America--including Charlottesville. With particular focus on the concerns of gentrification and "selling-out", black academics and professionals may be more targeted for ways they interact--or don't--with other blacks within the community. In this panel discussion, members of the U.Va. and Charlottesville communities will explore this historical and contemporary interaction between class, race, and space within minority communities. Particular focus will be given to the implications for the existence and maintenance of a "black community" that transcends socioeconomic and educational differences.  Panelists will discuss these issues in the context of BGPSO's theme for the academic year: "Academics + Activism = Achievement". 


  • Dr. Grace Hale, Professor of History and American Studies
  • Dr. Kwame Holmes, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies
  • Cecilia Marquez, Doctoral Student in History
  • Darnell Walker, Writer and Charlottesville Native

The discussion will be moderated by Lindsey Jones, Master's Student in Social Foundations, Curry School of Education.