Three Public Forums

Free and open to the public


As part of the Healing History Conference these forums are free and open to the public.
Registration is now closed.

Tuesday, April 7, 8:00- 9:30 pm - Library of Virginia

“Living in the Aftermath of Slavery & Apartheid: Reflections from the US and South Africa”

  • 800 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219Dr. Edward Ayers, President of the University of Richmond and scholar of American history.
  • The Very Rev. Michael Weeder, Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, and public historian of South African slavery.
  • Bonita Bennett, Director of the District Six Museum, which documents the story of forced removal of residents under apartheid.
  • Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies, Norfolk State University, VA


Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 - 2:30 pm - Student Commons, VCU

"Overcoming bias in the criminal justice system"

This forum will explore the historical/cultural context that shapes police-community relations.

The moderator is Preston Tisdale, an attorney with Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder in Bridgeport, CT, which has long experience in cases involving prisoner rights and police misconduct. He serves on the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System.

This interactive forum will engage national and local law enforcement officials and community leaders in an interactive dialogue on how to build trust.  

Wednesday, April 8, 8:00 - 10:00 pm - Grace Street Theater, VCU

“Understanding Implicit Bias”

  • Dushaw Hockett and Michael Wenger, two of the leaders of “Within our Lifetime,” (WOL) This nationwide coalition of more than 15 organizations has launched the “Campaign to Combat Implicit Bias” to raise public awareness about implicit bias and to encourage action to combat its impact.
  • Matthew Freeman of TMI Consulting Inc will host the forum. TMI specializes in diversity and engagement.
  • The forum will also include other Richmond organizations.


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