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Region VII Civil Rights Advocacy and Training Institute (CRATI)

Region 7 Civil Rights Advocacy and Training Institute (CRATI)
on Friday and Saturday March 22-23, 2019
Annapolis, Maryland

Below is the link to make hotel reservations and the link to register for the 2019 Region 7 Civil Rights Advocacy and Training Institute CRATI. Please note that there will be no onsite registration.


The Melanoids

The Law School is installing its “Everyday People” on Monday February 4th  on the second floor of the University of Virginia Law library.  This mosaic of roughly 100 photographs highlights the contribution of black students, staff, and faculty to the everyday fabric of life at the University law school from 1950 to the present. It will run for the month of February.

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