Celebration of Challenge Into Change, featuring LaTanya McQueen

Wed. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Carver Recreation Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: The Women's Initiative


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Listen to and honor the Women’s Initiative’s “Challenge Into Change” essay contest participants while celebrating the power of storytelling as a way towards healing and empowerment. LaTanya McQueen (And It Begins Like This) will read from her work, contest participants will be recognized, and the top three award recipients will read from their own work. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

These authors–LaTanya McQueen and the contest award recipients—will amaze you with their histories, tenacity, and courage. We challenge you to step forward and hear their wonderfully rich voices.

Here’s what attendees had to say about previous Challenge Into Change programs:

  • “This program inspired and moved me, motivated me to write and hopefully participate in the future.”
  • “Speakers were inspiring, eloquent and courageous.”
  • “Thank you for opening our minds. I feel very much empowered”

“LaTanya McQueen’s essays offer a bold examination of the weight history, both personal and societal, places on our present moment. And It Begins Like This is a book brave enough to challenge our accepted notions of the past to put black women in their rightful place, in the forefront of the ongoing struggle for dignity and equality. It’s a book that is both moving and absolutely necessary.”—Rion Scott, author of Insurrections

“LaTanya McQueen writes with fierce eloquence about the legacies of family and America’s racial history. Balancing intimate investigation with intricate research, she traces the ways the past is bloodline to the present. Gripping, urgent, at times even shocking, this is a deeply important book, one I will be thinking about for a long time. McQueen is a writer—and a mind—to watch.”—Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body