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Awards 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.

The 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.

“We 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.

The 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.

The 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.

U.Va.’s President’s Office also will receive a $45,000 unrestricted award from the Grant Trust this year.

U.Va. is among several educational and charitable organizations that the Grant Trust supports.

For 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.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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