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A Conversation about The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality

Lifetime Learning is hosting a day at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and the exhibit Determined: The 400 Year Struggle for Black Equality. Associate Dean and Assistant Professor Patrice Preston Grimes from UVA’s Office of African-American Affairs and the Curry School of Education and Human Development will begin our day with a lecture focusing on the history of African-American schooling in the South before mandated desegregation, and how educational history can inform current schooling policy and practice. Over lunch, Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., a veteran K-12 educator, former President of the Virginia Board of Education, and retired Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia will provide an overview of current issues facing African American students in Virginia schools.

In the afternoon, we will explore with a docent the exhibit Determined: The 400 Year Struggle for Black Equality that examines the long history of black Americans as they have fought for freedom, equal justice, and access to opportunity. Through profiles of 30 individuals, more than 100 evocative objects, and multimedia interpretive content, the exhibit shares the black experience in Virginia from 1619 to the present day, the pivotal role black Americans have played in shaping America’s national identity and culture, and the key Virginians and Virginia events that have defined the meaning of American democracy, equality, and justice. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the other exhibits at the museum. The day will end with reflections, questions, and answers.

Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

A Conversation about The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality