Tags: Social Justice

Wednesday: Mar 21

CANCELED—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)

Due to winter weather-related closures, this program has been canceled. 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

CANCELED—Food Justice and Community: An Evening with Karen Washington

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

Location:

Buford Middle School—Auditorium

1000 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Due to winter weather-related closures, this program has been canceled. Join urban farmer and food justice activist Karen Washington (Letters to a Young Farmer) for a community conversation and story telling about food, farming, identity, and equity.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Environment / Science, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Thursday: Mar 22

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

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Richard Reeves has had to cancel his participation. 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

Inhumane Acts: Guantánamo and More

Fri. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Mark Fallon (Unjustifiable Means), Andrea Pitzer (One Long Night), and Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Guantánamo Diary: Restored Edition) discuss the history of concentration camps and the American government’s disturbing use of torture and secrecy at the detainee camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Slahi will participate via Skype from Mauritania, due to travel restrictions.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History, Law / Supreme Court, Social Justice

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 Sheryll 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

Racist Ideas in America: From Slavery to Black Lives Matter

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

Location:

University Baptist Church

1223 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Va., 22903

NEW VENUE—Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped from the Beginning), one of the nation’s most prolific and accomplished young professors of race, writing and speaking to both scholarly and general audiences, delivers a keynote lecture.

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

Saturday: Mar 24

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

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-Yamahtta 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

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. Jamelle Bouie moderates.

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

The Fight for Women’s Right to Vote

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Johanna Neuman (Gilded Suffragists) and Elaine Weiss (The Woman’s Hour) discuss the efforts of suffragists and the down-to-the-wire campaign to achieve women’s right to vote, an almost one-hundred-year-old story that continues to resonate today with its aspects of civil rights, tactics, race, and class.

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Tags: Gender, History, 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, Social Justice

Sunday: Mar 25

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, Social Justice