Will Support Danville Area Leadership And Oral History Projects
December 19, 2002--
Two University of Virginia programs focusing on civic life
in the Danville area will be boosted by new awards from the city’s
E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust.
trust, established by the estate of Mrs. E. Stuart James Grant,
former owner of the Danville Register & Bee newspaper, will
provide renewed funding for a Danville-area leadership project in
U.Va.’s Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
and funds to launch a community oral-history project in the Carter
G. Woodson Institute for African American Studies.
are pleased to support these programs which have great potential
to contribute to civic awareness in our region,” said Charles
H. Majors, president of American National Bank & Trust Co.,
which manages the charitable trust.
Sorensen Institute will receive $47,500 to continue its program
in political and civic leadership for residents of Danville, Pittsylvania
County, and Caswell County, N.C. The project, in its second year,
is designed to acquaint participants with the most important challenges
facing Virginia and the Dan River region. The free annual series
of workshops and meetings requires selection through an application.
Woodson Institute’s Center for the Study of Local Knowledge
will receive $22,000 for an oral history project to look at how
black and white Danville residents understood citizenship and community
from 1945 to 1975. The project, part of the center’s special
focus on local histories, will explore relationships between Danville’s
black and white communities and how both black and white residents
responded to the many post-World War II social changes. Residents’
recollections will be gathered into a local history archive. The
research coordinator for the project is Emma Edmunds, a U.Va. writer
and longtime journalist who is a native of the area.
President’s Office also will receive a $45,000 unrestricted
award from the Grant Trust this year.
is among several educational and charitable organizations that the
Grant Trust supports.
additional information about the Sorensen Institute leadership program,
contact William H. Wood, institute director, at (434) 982-5698.
For information about the Woodson Institute oral history project,
contact Corey Walker, director of the Center for Local Knowledge,
at (434) 924-8891, or Emma Edmunds at (434) 924-3802.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856