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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Legacies of Emancipation with author Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Initiatives of Change USA partners with the American Civil War Museum and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture to present “Legacies of Emancipation”.

The Civil War resulted in the emancipation of 4 million enslaved African Americans. Explore how the choices and events in the transition from enslavement to freedom continue to shape the lives of Americans over 150 years later.

FEATURING:
Ta-Nehisi Coates, author
Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut
Christy Coleman, American Civil War Museum CEO

Coates will also discuss his latest book, The Water Dancer, published in September 2019.

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The Virginia Museum of History and Culture's exhibit, "Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality" will remain open for extended evening hours so that program attendees may visit.

SOLD OUT!
Please DM the American Civil War Museum for how to get your name on a waitlist at 804.649.1861.

$20 General Admission
$15 for ACWM + VMHC Members
$10 for students and educators.



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Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

Community Trustbuilding Fellowship 2020 Webinar

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We are excited to share more about the 2020 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship program with this upcoming information webinar on September 23rd.

In an increasingly polarized society, this unique program, offered in Richmond, Virginia, develops the capacity of community leaders to become authentic trustbuilders capable of overcoming divisions of race, culture, economics and politics. Convening fellows from across North America, the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (CTF) seeks to build multisector networks of facilitators and change agents committed to healing historical wounds, creating new shared narratives and building healthy and racially equitable communities.

Learn all about the program from the Program Director, CTF faculty and alumni and hear about their experiences in the program firsthand through this special webinar. Program applications are open until October 1st.

For more information about the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, visit our website at us.iofc.org/ctf.


ONLINE WEBINAR
Monday, September 23rd
8pm EST
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Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Call & Response: A Conversation Series

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This March, Initiatives of Change USA launches

a new conversation series entitled

CALL & RESPONSE.

This discussion series ripples from “Something’s in the Water”, IofC’s 2-day creative event held in January on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (21st) and National Day of Racial Healing (22nd) at Studio Two Three - a collaboration with more than 30 innovators in the sectors of arts, nonprofit, and business. Through art installations, conversations, live music, workshops and performances, “Something’s in the Water” explored 400 years of Virginia’s racial history beginning in 1619, the earliest recorded arrival of enslaved African persons to Jamestown and what would eventually become the United States. Together, artists, organizers and participants meditated on what work had been accomplished and what remains to be done to dismantle systems of racism and oppression.

Over the last month, Virginia’s leadership took the world stage for all the wrong reasons. This has unearthed entangled legacies of racial and sexual violence that are sparking private and public discussions about honesty, reconciliation, white privilege, marginalized community rights, and people-centered justice. It is clear that more public space is needed for communities - who may not be in regular contact with one another - to come together, unload, listen, learn and build toward sincere connections.

In what ways do we keep breaking down and how can we keep building up?

CALL & RESPONSE is that frequency - a vibration of intimate interaction that grows between people. We are meeting at the intersections of who we are - at the margins of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, age, language, geography, ability, and more.

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This is an intimate, open and expressive space where members of different communities (in Richmond and beyond) are welcome to come, share, and connect freely with one another to link paths towards greater healing, equity & justice. There will be facilitators in the house - experts in restorative justice, mental wellness, conflict transformation, and trauma healing - to help process this communal journey of histories, emotions, and perspectives. Since art is a critical part of healing, we will feature an Open Mic segment at the end of the session for artists, musicians, spoken word artists and writers to share.

This is a conversation series that will take place once a quarter, rotating to neighborhoods across Richmond. Our first session will take place at Spacebomb Studios (106 S. Robinson Street) on Saturday, March 9th from 6 - 8pm. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30pm and refreshments will be served. Parking is available in front of and behind Spacebomb and there are additional spaces on the street.

CALL & RESPONSE will also be an IofC USA podcast and webinar series connecting communities internationally (stay tuned for more information and email us at communicationsus@iofc.org if you would like to take part)!

We are grateful to SPACEBOMB for the provision of space for this event to take place.


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Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Dr. Wes Bellamy

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We cordially invite you to "An Evening with Dr. Wes Bellamy" at The Valentine Museum on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 from 6-8pm. Dr. Bellamy, a civil rights activist, professor, author and the youngest person to ever be elected to the Charlottesville City Council, will discuss his memoir, "Monumental: It was Never about a Statue" with Allan-Charles Chipman, Faith Rooted Organizer & Transformation Strategist at IofC USA.

This Q&A will unearth the journey of a city - before Charlottesville became #Charlottesville - in August 2017. What does it take to transform habits of systemic racism into cultures of flourishing equity and justice? How does today's civil rights leadership echo and sustain historic traditions of Black radical activism?

Join us for this powerful discussion and a book signing with Dr. Wes Bellamy.


This event is part of The Valentine’s latest exhibition, entitled Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion. The Storefront for Community Design and the mObstudiO at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts  invited teams of planners, architects, designers, artists and individuals to participate in a national design competition to conceptually reimagine Monument Avenue and contribute to this important dialogue about race, memory, the urban landscape and public art. An exhibition of competition entries opened at the Valentine on February 14, 2019.

Visit www.monumentavenuegdgd.com for details.

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