The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church-Unitarian Universalist and the Charlottesville-Albemarle NAACP will be holding an event to help enroll area residents who are now eligible for Medicaid. Gregg Winston, chair of the NAACP chapter’s Health Committee, says, “Healthcare is a Right, and we have been given a great opportunity via the newly-expanded Medicaid Program to provide coverage to low-income individuals and families. “Ann Forno, chair of the U U congregation’s Racial Justice Committee, says, “It is vital that the community works collectively to make healthcare available to all. ”The event will take place on Saturday, August 24 – from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Sunday, August 25 – from 12 to 2 PM at at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church-Unitarian Universalist, which is located at 717 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, 22903.

Trained NAACP members will be available to assist residents with enrollment. Parking is available on the streets around the church and in the church parking lot on Fendall Avenue. The church is located near the intersection of Rugby Road and Preston Avenue. It is on bus lines 5 and 8. Residents who think they may be eligible should gather as much of the needed information beforehand as possible. Information about Medicaid enrollment requirements can be found on the TJMC-U U website, and For more information, call Ann Forno at 443-682-1522.

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Studio IX Gallery & Listening Room 
Fri. Jun. 7 – Sun. Jun. 30 
969 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 
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On Friday, June 7, from 5:30-7:30pm, Virginia Humanities African American Programs will premiere Afro-Virginia: People, Place & Power during the First Fridays Art Opening at Studio IX Gallery & Listening Room (969 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville, VA). The month-long exhibition profiles several leaders behind Virginia’s African American historic preservation movement using photos, audio recordings, and Google Maps. It features the work of Virginia Humanities staff members Miranda Bennett and Peter Hedlund (Encyclopedia Virginia), Pat Jarrett (Virginia Folklife Program), and exhibition curator Justin Reid (African American Programs).

Virginia is home to the oldest African American communities in the nation. Yet of Virginia’s nearly 250,000 state-documented cultural and historic resources, only 1% reflect African American history. A growing statewide coalition of local grassroots organizers, heritage organizations, and government officials are working to redress this disparity. Afro-Virginiashares their successes, challenges and hopes for the future, and serves as a call to greater action.