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Memorial to Lynching: Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Jefferson School
AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER

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 memorialtolynching@gmail.com 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
director@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org
www.jeffschoolheritagecenter.org

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

 

TAKE ACTION: Protect Our Courts and Brown v. Board

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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.

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS NOW!

In solidarity,
Derrick Johnson

President and CEO
NAACP

FILM AT VINEGAR HILL THEATER

VINEGAR HILL THEATER –  FRIDAY, APRIL 27  7 PM

There will be a free screening of a film made some 30 years ago about Charlottesville through the eyes, memories, and wisdom of several residents:  George Ferguson, Rebecca McGinness, Sonny Sampson, and Cindy Straton.

NAACP BRANCH MEETING – MARCH 2018

March 12, 2018, Monday
Location: Burley Middle School – THERE IS A CHANGE IN THE MEETING LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING.  WE WILL MEET IN BURLEYS MEDIA CENTER 

The Media Center may be accessed by entering the parking area by the big white rock on Rose Hill Drive by the school, park either in the parking area by the white eock or go around the back (follow thr road as you enter by the rock)

Dr. Rosa Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools will be the guest speaker at our March meeting.
Dr. Atkins will speak on educational issues that impact African American students in our city school system.
The meeting will be held at J.P. Burley Middle School and will begin at 7 p.m.
The Media Center may be accessed by entering the parking area by the big white rock, park either in the parking area by the white eock or go around the back (follow thr road as you enter by the rock)

Jackson P. Burley is located at 901 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville, VA. 22903
ALL are welcome to this presentation.