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"Reflections on a Movement: Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP, the Civil Rights Act, and Beyond"



6:00 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center,

Presented by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and the U.Va. IDEA Fund

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center will present a panel discussion with past and future leaders of the Albemarle Charlottesville NAACP. In this panel discussion, leaders from the Civil Rights era to the present, including George King, John Gaines, and Rick Turner, will discuss their goals, accomplishments and the interactions of the NAACP with the University of Virginia community. The varied panelists encompass the history of NAACP activity in Charlottesville from the early 1950s to the present. Consequently, the discussions will provide a 60-year overview of the organization’s efforts to integrate Charlottesville’s educational and public spheres, and work force.


Given the University’s prominence in the community, the conversation will also include consideration of the ongoing effort to increase diversity at U.Va.  Angela M. Davis, former U.Va. Professor and co-chair of the University's President's Commission on Diversity and Equity, who is also a lifetime member of the NAACP, will moderate the panel. With this broader consideration of the University’s history of integration, we hope to engage current and future UVA students to consider recruiting and sustaining a more diverse student body and invite the participation of leaders of the U.Va. NAACP chapter.