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December 28, 2020

The Sentara Move2Health Equity Coalition has awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000.00 to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP for the purpose of addressing vaccine hesitancy in communities of color.

The grant tasks the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP, in partnership with Blue Ridge Health District, UVA Health, Sentara Martha Jefferson, and religious leaders to develop a communication and information sharing plan that would address the concerns of communities of color regarding the reluctance of being vaccinated.

Our focus will be to host listening sessions and town hall meetings (virtual and socially distanced in-person if safely possible) in the communities of color to understand the barriers of being vaccinated, and to receive feedback on the roll out as well as to inform/influence a vaccination strategy.

The product of this endeavor is to produce a factually accurate and transparent video/Public Service Announcement (PSA) to be shared via all forms of media (YouTube, Face Book, local TV stations and religious leader) to educate communities of color and positively impact the acceptance of being vaccinated.

Baker-Butler Elementary School Is Nationally Recognized For Closing Achievement Gaps

Baker-Butler is the first school in Virginia to be named a National Blue Ribbon school for closing the achievement gap between student population, English learners, special education students, and students coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

According to the Virginia Department of Education, 53 schools in the state met the criteria for the Blue Ribbon Program’s Exemplary Award for Closing Achievement Gaps, but only four schools this year received this award.


The Equity Specialist team at Albemarle County Public Schools received the Virginia Department of Education’s Mary Peake Award for Excellence in Education Equity. This award honors individuals and organizations that have “demonstrated a sustained commitment to eliminating inequities or remedying the effects of inequities in education”. 

 In describing the Excellence in Education Equity award, State Superintendent Dr. James Lane said: “This commitment includes efforts to close opportunity and achievement gaps; the elimination of disproportionality in school discipline, graduation and dropout rates; expanding access to gifted education and advanced programs and improving supports and outcomes for English learners”. 

The equity specialists include Ayanna Mitchell, Leilani Keys, and Lars Holmstrom and are led by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bernard Hairston. 

Ms. Peake, who the award was named for, taught freed and enslaved blacks in the Hampton area to read.  Her classes were often held underneath the Emancipation Oak on Hampton University’s campus.  (Ms. Peake taught in the 1820-30’s before Hampton was organized, and died of tuberculosis in her early 30’s.)


The corona virus pandemic focused the nation’s attention on the essential role public schools play in the lives of families and communities. It’s also exposed the severe racial inequalities that continue to plague our education system and disadvantage students of color.

But rather than addressing these problems, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, fully supported and endorsed by the Trump Administration, took action to exploit the pandemic and promote her personal agenda of funneling taxpayer dollars to private schools and taking resources away from the schools and the students who need it most.

We weren’t just going to standby and watch it happen. That’s why we sued on behalf of students of color across the nation – and we WON!

This decision sends a clear signal that Secretary DeVos cannot use illegal means to advance her harmful agenda to the detriment of our highest need students.

Janette, we didn’t stop with Betsy DeVos. We also sued Governor DeSantis in Florida for trying to force schools to reopen in August – endangering teachers and students alike. The court found that DeSantis arbitrarily prioritized reopening schools statewide over the safety and the advice of health experts.

This decision showed that the DeSantis Order was unconstitutional to the extent that it arbitrarily disregards safety, denies local school boards decision making with respect to reopening brick and mortar schools, and conditions funding on an approved reopening plan.

These cases are great victories but when it comes to confronting and overcoming the systemic racism that is deeply rooted in our education system, the fight is far from over! Janette, will you make a generous donation today to help us continue to tackle these challenges and protect our nation’s school children?

The march continues,

Janette McCarthy-Wallace
NAACP, Interim General Counsel


Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, issued the following statement regarding the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Wisconsin father of three:

“The appalling and heinous shooting of Jacob Blake is yet another stark reminder of the free-willing atrocities committed against Black people at the hands of those entrusted to maintain public safety. This recent shooting comes on the heels of civil unrest that has caused the world to take heed to a long-standing pandemic of systemic racism and injustice. 

The unfortunate and sobering reality is that Black men and women are under perpetual fear of having their life taken from them at any given moment while engaging with police officers. In a country where the phrase, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” epitomizes “unalienable rights,” Jacob Blake is another prime example, in a succession of individuals, that the promises of this nation ring hollow for too many to be meritorious. 

At this moment, the work of the American people is clear and unquestionable; we must continue to fight, organize, and mobilize against police brutality, and state-sanctioned killings at the hands of law enforcement. While the visions of Jacob Blake, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others play over and over in our minds, we must not grow weary until we’ve achieved police liability and substantive change is realized. If there was ever a time for us to unite against a common threat to the existence of Black people, it is now.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jacob Blake, his family, and friends, as he continues to fight for his life and to return to his children.



Statement from U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham:
Delivering a Complete and Accurate 2020 Census Count
The U.S. Census Bureau continues to evaluate its operational plans to
collect and process 2020 Census data. We are announcing updates to ourplan that will include enumerator awards and the hiring of more
employees to accelerate the completion of data collection and
apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020, as required by law and directed by the Secretary of Commerce. The Census Bureau’s new plan reflects our continued commitment to conduct a complete count, provide accurate apportionment data, and protect the health and safety of the public and our workforce.    Learn More Complete Count: A robust field data collection operation will ensure we receive responses from households that have not yet self-responded to the 2020 Census.
We will improve the speed of our count without sacrificing completeness. As part of our revised plan, we will conduct additional training sessions
and provide awards to enumerators in recognition of those who
maximize hours worked. We will also keep phone and tablet computer
devices for enumeration in use for the maximum time possible.
We will end field data collection by September 30, 2020. Self-response
options will also close on that date to permit the commencement of data processing. Under this plan, the Census Bureau intends to meet a similar level of household responses as collected in prior censuses, including outreach to hard-to-count communities.
Accurate Data and Efficient Processing:
Once we have the data from self-response and field data collection in our secure systems, we plan to review it for completeness and accuracy, streamline its processing, and prioritize apportionment counts to meet the statutory deadline. In addition, we plan to increase our staff to
ensure operations are running at full capacity.
Flexible Design
Our operation remains adaptable and additional resources will help
speed our work. The Census Bureau will continue to analyze data and
key metrics from its field work to ensure that our operations are agile
and on target for meeting our statutory delivery dates. Of course, we
recognize that events can still occur that no one can control, such as
additional complications from severe weather or other natural disasters.
Health and Safety
We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our workforce and the public. Our staff will continue to follow Federal, state, and local
guidance, including providing appropriate safety trainings and personal
protective equipment to field staff.

The Census Bureau continues its work on meeting the requirements of Executive Order 13880 issued July 11, 2019 and the Presidential
Memorandum issued July 21, 2020. A team of experts are examining
methodologies and options to be employed for this purpose. The
collection and use of pertinent administrative data continues.

We are committed to a complete and accurate 2020 Census. To date, 93 million households, nearly 63 percent of all households in the Nation,
have responded to the 2020 Census. Building on our successful and
innovative internet response option, the dedicated women and men of
the Census Bureau, including our temporary workforce deploying in
communities across the country in upcoming weeks, will work diligently to achieve an accurate count.

We appreciate the support of our hundreds of thousands of community-based, business, state, local and tribal partners contributing to these
efforts across our Nation.
The 2020 Census belongs to us all. If you know someone who has not yet
responded, please encourage them to do so today online at, over the phone, or by mail.
Help us spread the word. Connect with us!   About the 2020 Census: The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the
population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the U.S. on April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine the number of
seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how
billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years.


Subject: Post About White Nationalist Initiations

From: McKinney, Jonathan
Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Director (Region 7: Washington, DC – Maryland,
and Virginia) Field Operations & Membership Department.

Recently, we’ve been made aware of a chain message that has been circulating social media and chat groups about the NAACP issuing a warning against white nationalist and white supremacist groups carrying out initiations and targeting Black men over the 4th of July weekend.

You may receive calls, emails, or texts about these messages, so please be aware that we have not received nor sent any information about these claims. Below is our statement on this issue, and it can also be found here on our website. 


In recent days, several social media platforms have posted statements purporting that the NAACP has received information about white nationalist group initiations during the July 4 weekend.

The National NAACP has not released any such statement. While we take all matters of racial discrimination and racial hatred seriously, these statements are not from the NAACP.

These social media posts and press releases appear to be associated with a Huey P. Newton group, which has no affiliation to the NAACP.

All official NAACP statements can be found on our website at or @naacp on official NAACP social media platforms.