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Memorial to Lynching: Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Jefferson School

Memorial to Lynching: Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage

On July 8th at 8 am, as many as 110 people will “get on the bus” to begin the Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Their ultimate goal is to bring soil collected from the site where John Henry James was lynched in 1898, to the newly opened Equal Justice Initiative’s Monument to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Al. We hope to deliver our soil on July 12th–the 120th anniversary of Mr. James’ murder. Along the way we will make stops to some of the most important civil rights sites in the country. On the bus will be students, teachers, and other community members as well as historians to provide information as we move from one site to another. We will also be accompanied by clergy and therapists to help us process during difficult moments.

The trip dates are July 8 – 13, 2018. Total cost for this five night/six day all-inclusive excursion is $1,500. Hotel rooms are double occupancy and a per diem and cost of hotel is included in the price. A 50% deposit is needed to hold your spot.

Checks should be made to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center with a notation Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Our mailing address is 233 4th St, NW Charlottesville, VA  22903.

If you earn below $47,000 per year then you are eligible to register as a low income member of our community for the pilgrimage. We presently have 30 slots available and will fill them on a first come, first serve basis.

To register as a low income community member,  you must provide a W2 form or two pay stubs as proof. If you do not have this information,  please contact us anyway. Please send this information to with your name address and a method of contacting you.  If you are a household, we will need the names of all members who would like to attend.

We hope to extend the opportunity to engage in this once in a lifetime experience with students, teachers and low income members of our community. If you would like to donate to the cause please 


Andrea Douglas, MBA, PhD
Executive Director 
Jefferson School African American
Heritage Center

434 260-8724

Jefferson School City Center, a Community Center for the 21st Century


TAKE ACTION: Protect Our Courts and Brown v. Board


Do you believe in the promise of Brown v. Board?

It’s a simple question, but one that several of President Trump’s judicial nominees have struggled to answer. We need your help to make sure that those who don’t believe in civil rights don’t get to guard our justice system.

64 years ago, today, Thurgood Marshall and a team of NAACP attorneys won the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which outlawed segregation in public schools and overturned the principle of “separate but equal.”

Brown v. Board was a critical civil rights milestone but its full progressive potential has not been realized. Many children of color remain relegated tounderperforming schools, and, as recent incidents have shown, racial bias remains a daily reality.

Now, we find ourselves faced with judicial nominees who refuse to state their support for Brown v. Board. Six of Trump’s selections for these lifetime appointments to federal courts evaded senators’ questions about their feelings toward the Supreme Court decision.

Such behavior is hardly surprising from nominees with proven track records of disrespecting the rights of Americans of color. These individuals have worked to roll back voting rights, criminal justice, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ rights. Many would join all-white courts in jurisdictions serving millions of people of color.

Our democracy needs your help. With nearly 180 judicial vacancies, the Senate’s action on these nominees could impede progressive issues for decades. Please urge your senators to confirm qualified, honorable candidates.

Protect our courts and the promise of Brown v. Board.


In solidarity,
Derrick Johnson

President and CEO

October 2017 Branch meeting

On Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, in the Mary Williams Center on the first floor adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Cafe, the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP meet. Before the business meeting, we discussed Racial and ethnic disparities in health status, lead by Dr. M. Norman Oliver, researcher, teacher, and clinician. 

Branch President’s message at the 2017 Freedom Fund Banquet


On behalf of the Albemarle- Charlottesville NAACP officers and members, we are pleased to have you join us for our annual Freedom Fund Banquet. We hope that your evening is pleasant and enjoyable.

 January 2017 saw a changing of the guard for the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP. After twelve years of dedicated service to the organization, Dr. M. Rick Turner made the decision to resign from his position as president of the local branch. We thank him for his twelve years of service and we will continue to build on the progress made during his tenure – while encouraging a productive vision for the future of the branch.

For over a century the NAACP has been one of the nation’s leading champions of civil rights and social justice; working tirelessly to achieve economic equity, with a commitment to attain equality and justice for all. Dr. King once said,” the arc of the moral universe is long but, it bends towards justice.” Justice, a word that has continued to surface in daily conversations, is being enacted by various vocal means of protests throughout the nation. Just this year members of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Community braced themselves while preparing for visits from members of the Ku Klux Klan and – the organizers of the Unite the Right Rally resulted in a tragic ending involving the loss of life. The Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP countered the Klan rally with a successful peaceful protest rally based on the theme, “Steadfast and Immovable”. Various other community activities were planned to provide alternative choices in lieu of attending the rallies.

The NAACP stands at a pivotal time in history! We find ourselves in a period of unrest as a nation. We seem to be engaged in a struggle to protect the gains that we as a people have made during the last fifty years, especially the right to vote. The NAACP stands ready to challenge efforts to roll back and eliminate policies and programs intended to extend the social safety net to all. Many people in our community and across America would be affected by this injustice. Therefore, the tireless work of the NAACP remains relevant today. As the oldest civil rights organization in the world, we would want to be a significant part of the solution as we remain dedicated and committed to the mission of the organization: to ensure the Political, Educational, Social and Economic Equality of Rights of All Persons and to Eliminate Racial Hatred and Racial Discrimination. We remain steadfast in our resolve and immovable from our objective.

Yours in the Struggle,

Janette Boyd Martin, President               
Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP 

Janette Boyd Martin, President of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP

 Statewide Candidates Invited to the 82nd Annual Virginia State Conference NAACP Convention, October 28, 2017

Saturday, October 28th, 2017  from 2:00pm- 4:00pm
at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump

RICHMOND, Va. — Today, all candidates seeking statewide offices to include: Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General have been invited to the 82nd Annual Convention Virginia State Conference NAACP being held on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump, from 2:00pm- 4:00pm. “We look forward to having all candidates at our Convention to share some time to discuss their platforms and address concerns of the Virginia State Conference NAACP “  said Linda Thomas, President of the Virginia State Conference NAACP

Affordable Housing Meetings Coming Up – Please Attend!

This Tuesday (9/12) at 10am and 6pm at the Ix Building  (955 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA  22902)

Show up to show you care!  These meetings, also called “charettes” will bring together the community and consultants who are working on part of the plans for the Strategic Investment Area (SIA).  They need to see community members and their supporters to understand how important affordable housing is, especially for people making $30,000 or less.  For more info. See the Charlottesville Low-Income Housing Coalition website:

Please mark your calendar, hope to see you Tuesday!

Emily Dreyfus | Community Organizer | Legal Aid Justice Center | 1000 Preston Avenue | Charlottesville, Virginia  22903 | 434-529-1809 |

August 2017 Branch meeting: Showing of the movie 13th

Monday, August 14, 2017  In lieu of our regular meeting and in partnership with the Jefferson-Madision Regional Library, the film "13th" will be shown on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 at the  Central Library – 201 E. Market St.

"13th" is a Netflix original documentary.  Filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, explores the history of racial inequality in the United States – focusing on the fact that the nations prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

The documentary was done in 2016 and lasts 100 minutes.  This event is free and open to the public.

Pipeline to Prison

Dr. M. Rick Turner

Dr. M. Rick Turner, Immediate Past President of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP will speak on Pipeline to Prison at the Democrats Breakfast meeting on August 19 at 9:00 A.M. at the JMRL Central Library at 225 Market Street. 

Virginia State Conference NAACP’s 2017 Lobby Team Activities and Update

Summary of Virginia State Conference NAACP’s 2017 Lobby Team Lobbying Activities and Lobby Day Update for Our Community Partners

January 11, 2017 – February 24, 2017

In 2017/2018 You Are Encouraged To Exercise All of Your Rights as Citizens In Virginia 
For More Info & Help with Your 2017/2018 Planning Efforts E-mail: 
Call: VSC NAAACP Lobby Team at 1-804-647-7087 

Click here to download their 2017-2018 brochure.

Commemorate the African American Military Experience

to Commemorate the African American Military Experience
on Friday, November 10, 2017
at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th Street, N.W., Charlottesville, Virginia and
Carver Recreation Center 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

We want African American Military Exhibitors and Reenactors
Deadline to submit: October 15, 2017

Help us locate African American Female Veterans

Organizers: The Vet Committee
Contact Information:  

Click here to download the flyer for this event.