Tags: African-American

Wednesday: Mar 21

The Civil War: Personal Stories, Stunning Tales

Wed. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Barbara Bellows (Two Charlestonians at War), John Bicknell (Lincoln’s Pathfinder), and Cate Lineberry (Be Free or Die) discuss their recent books, histories from the Civil War era that provide new and valued insights into the counterpoint of two soldiers from Charleston, resounding impacts of political campaigns, and Robert Smalls’ triumphant choice to free himself and his family from slavery.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Dialogue Across Grounds: Race, Gender, and Identity

Wed. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Poet Remica Bingham-Risher (Starlight & Error), fiction writer Lisa Ko (The Leavers), and young adult novelist Nic Stone (Dear Martin) discuss race, gender, and identity across genres, offering perspectives on immigration, family, and police brutality, among other topics, encouraging thoughtful dialogue within our community.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing About Race & Social Justice: An Evening with Lamar Giles, Jason Reynolds, and Nic Stone—SOLD OUT

Wed. March 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

UVa Ruth Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

SOLD OUT—Lamar Giles (Overturned), Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) discuss their acclaimed fiction for young readers, the challenges and opportunities facing writers of color, and the decisions involved in writing about race, social justice, gun violence, and other tough topics for teens and adults.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice, StoryFest / Youth

Celebrating Folk Masters: Music & Photography

Wed. March 21, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

The Front Porch

221 Water Street East, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Barry Bergey and Tom Pich (Folk Masters) discuss their tribute to folk artists who have been named National Heritage Fellows, the highest honor the U.S. government awards to traditional artists, with Virginia state folklorist Jon Lohman. National Heritage Fellows Phil Wiggins and Sherman Holmes will perform with Almeta Ingram-Miller, Cora Harvey Armstrong, and Jared Pool.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Arts, Exhibit, Folklife, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Language / Culture / Folklife, Music, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Thursday: Mar 22

The Great War: Social Currents, Chemistry & Consequences

Thu. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Theo Emery (Hellfire Boys) and Will Englund (March 1917) discuss their work of the Great War era, delving into world-changing impacts of small decisions, technological innovations, social injustices and mores, as the early twentieth century faced the consequences of war.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History

Economic Inequality: What’s In Your Wallet?

Thu. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Mehrsa Baradaran, (The Color of Money), Keith Payne (The Broken Ladder) and Richard V. Reeves, author of (Dream Hoarders) discuss political, societal, and economic forces behind economic inequality, why the damage of inequality is widespread, and how it affects us all.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Latinx, Social Justice

Criminal Injustice: Bias, Incompetence & Excess

Thu. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington (The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist), Brandon L. Garrett (End of Its Rope), and Bill Sizemore (A Far, Far Better Thing) discuss their work, exposing critical fractures in our American criminal justice system. John Grisham moderates.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Law / Supreme Court, Social Justice

Friday: Mar 23

Loving, Learning, Voting: Virginia Civil Rights

Fri. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Sheryl Cashin (Loving), Margaret Edds (We Face the Dawn) and Julian Heyter (The Dream is Lost) discuss their histories of interracial intimacy, the legal struggle for racial equality in education, and implementation of voters’ rights and mobilization, specific to the civil rights struggles faced in Virginia.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Law / Supreme Court, Social Justice

Histories of Food & Eating: African-American Perspectives

Fri. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Kelley Fanto Deetz (Bound to the Fire) and Adrian Miller (The President’s Kitchen Cabinet) discuss histories of food and eating, from enslaved cooks to the personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every first family since George and Martha Washington.

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Tags: African-American, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, History, Nonfiction

Things Unseen: Race in America Today

Fri. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Ruth Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

Garnette Cadogan, Kima Jones, and Kevin Young discuss their contributions to The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, exploring and reacting to race in America in a present-day response to James Baldwin’s 1963 examination, The Fire Next Time.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

Seeing History: Memory & Photography

Fri. March 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Henry Browne (Vanishing History: Ruins in Virginia), Andrew Lichtenstein and Alex Lichtenstein (Marked, Unmarked, Remembered), and Brandon Thibodeaux (In That Land of Perfect Day) explore American stories through photography of Virginian ruins, significant sites from America’s traumatic past, and people and landscapes from the Mississippi Delta.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Southern / Appalachian

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

Fri. March 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

UVa Ruth Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

Michael W. Twitty (The Cooking Gene) wanted to know more about his roots and heritage, so he went on a multi-state, international journey to discover his place in Southern food history and his place in the American story. Searching for his food roots and family routes across the South, he discovered a way to bring all Southerners to the table in a spirit of culinary celebration and spiritual and racial reconciliation. He will share his story in this solo presentation.

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Tags: African-American, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, History, Southern / Appalachian

Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 23, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Location:

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Hermione Hoby (Neon in Daylight), Irène Mathieu (orogeny), Nathaniel Rich (King Zeno), and SJ Sindu (Marriage of a Thousand Lies) give short readings of their work during this annual “late-night” Festival program. Just steps away from the Omni Hotel, enjoy the work of acclaimed emerging writers in an informal setting, with music, drinks, and mingling.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Fiction, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ, Music, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Saturday: Mar 24

African-American Heroes: Lives Told in Pictures

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lesa Cline-Ransome (Before She was Harriet), James Ransome (Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You), and Carole Boston Weatherford (Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library) read from and discuss their historical picture books for children, which tell important stories of African-American heroes in the Civil Rights and social justice movements.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Biography / Memoir, Education / Teaching, History, Nonfiction, StoryFest / Youth

Civic Activism: 1960s Protests for Equal Access

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Andrew Kahrl (Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline) and Wayne Wiegand (The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism) discuss their work. Robert Williams, who protested at the Danville Public Library in 1960, will also participate.

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Tags: African-American, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Civic Activism: 1960s Protests for Equal Access

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Andrew Kahrl (Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline) and Wayne Wiegand (The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism) discuss their work. Robert Williams, who protested at the Danville Public Library in 1960, will also participate.

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Tags: African-American, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Cooking Demo with Michael Twitty

Sat. March 24, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location:

UVa “Triangle of Grass”

38°02'07.6"N 78°30'05.6"W

Michael Twitty, award-winning food writer, independent scholar, and culinary historian, who describes himself as outside the mainstream and “four time blessed” – “large of body, gay, African American and Jewish,” will provide a period cooking demonstration and interpretation, cooking over an open fire.

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Tags: African-American, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel

Social Structures, Political Struggles

Sat. March 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Angela Hattery and Earl Smith (Policing Black Bodies) and Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor (How We Get Free) discuss their work, exploring systems of structural racism as well as potential and radical strategies to work for change.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Latinx, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice

SELC’s Reed Award Readings: A Celebration of Environmental Writing

Sat. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church

120 West High Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

The Southern Environmental Law Center’s Reed Award event features J. Drew Lanham (The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature) and readings by the winners of the 2018 Reed Environmental Writing Award, which recognizes excellent writing on the Southern environment in book-length nonfiction and journalism.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science

Roots of White Nationalism and the Alt-Right

Sat. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Kathleen Belew (Bring the War Home), Nancy MacLean (Democracy in Chains), Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (How We Get Free), and Vegas Tenold (Everything You Love Will Burn) discuss the root causes and champions of the alt-right, and the wide-ranging impacts of the movement on American social equality and democracy.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice

An American Marriage: In Conversation with Tayari Jones

Sat. March 24, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Tayari Jones (An American Marriage) discusses her newest novel which examines the forced separation of a married couple, when being black leads to wrongful conviction and incarceration, and how love responds. In conversation with Lisa Lucas.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Social Justice

In Pursuit of Truth: An Evening with the National Book Awards

Sat. March 24, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

2017 National Book Awards finalists Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Never Caught) and David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon) join 2017 National Book Awards longlisted author Kevin Young (Bunk) in a discussion of the stories and facts their books bring to light, the hidden impacts of racism and social inequality in America that their work speaks to, and ultimately, the pursuit of truth in their award-winning nonfiction. National Book Foundation executive director Lisa Lucas moderates.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Arts, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, History, Nonfiction

Sunday: Mar 25

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 25, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its fifteenth annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including brunch, musical and spoken word performances by community youth, a tribute to book festival authors, book sales and signing. Tickets required.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing the American Story: Diverse Voices in Distinguished Books

Sun. March 25, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recipients Peter Ho Davies (The Fortunes), Tyehimba Jess (Olio), and Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures), accompanied in conversation with Award jury member Rita Dove, will share their writing and insights about race and culture, with a particular focus on the August 2017 events that took place in Charlottesville.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Gender, Headliners, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Poetry