Richmond Mayor Signs Proclamation for #untoldrva’s GABRIEL WEEK

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We celebrate the phenomenal work of Free Egunfemi in her ongoing efforts to unearth the powerful contributions of African Americans to the shaping of Virginia's history. Free is not only a Community Trustbuilding Fellowship Alumni, she also serves as an Architect with Initiatives of Change’s Narrative Change Collaborative, launching in January 2019. 

The creator of #untoldrva, Free is an alchemist, blending storytelling, archival practices, installations, performance and audiovisuals into a brew that ignites deep ancestral codes, compels self-reflection and creates space for new conversations to bear fruit.

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Over the last several years, #untoldrva has payed tribute to revolutionary leader Gabriel Prosser recognizing his fundamental contributions to freedom-making during the week of his natal day. Between August 27 - Sept 2, 2018, GABRIEL WEEK took place, a unique 7 day cycle of performances, discussions, interventions and film screenings with partners across the city that provided a deeper insight into this legacy and its potential resonance for present and future work in commemorative justice. 


Gabriel Prosser was a meticulous community organizer, brilliant strategist, & self-determined Black liberator whose struggle inspires leadership & innovation in the emerging commemorative justice movement.
— Free Egunfemi

To kick off this week, Richmond's Mayor, Levar Stoney, officially recognized the city's support of GABRIEL WEEK with a signed proclamation. On Friday August 31st, IofC partnered with #untoldrva and the #AfricanaIndependentFilmFestival for a film screening of "Tobacco Burn" and a dialogue about Virginia's deep histories of self-determination, intersectionality and resistance at Ross Browne Studio

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To see more details about GABRIEL WEEK and ongoing activities of #untoldrva, check out the website. #untoldrva is located in the 6 Points Innovation Center in Northside Richmond.


Photo Credit: Vanessa Dixon

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