The UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion stands with our Charlottesville neighbors in recognizing the anniversary of the hate-filled events of August 11-12, 2017, and promoting healing for our community. We take this time to honor all those who have struggled in this shared work to promote racial, economic, and social justice. We remain steadfastly committed to being an equal partner in this work with the Charlottesville community. We also remember and honor the life of Heather Heyer, whose foundation serves to support individuals who are working toward positive non-violent social change, and the many others in our community who took action in support of racial justice. While the current pandemic has limited our opportunities to unite in person this year, we strongly encourage you to participate in the virtual programs planned during the period and to continue to educate yourself and support ongoing efforts in order to contribute to a more just future.
The following events offer opportunities to specifically remember the events of August 11 and 12 and to build overall awareness and skills for promoting racial, social, and economic justice.
Between the Columns: Soundtrack for a Revolution: Pop Music and the Protest Tradition in America
Tuesday August 11, 2020 : 2 – 3 PM EST
Join Professor Claudrena Harold for a discussion about the role of pop music in protests throughout American history. How can pop music help us understand historical movements? Does music have an effect on the outcome of protests throughout history? How does music foster connections both between people and to a common goal? We'll discuss these questions and answer yours!
Batten Expert Chats: "Learning From Tragedy - Lessons of August 2017 and Beyond"
Wednesday August 12, 2020: 12 – 1 PM EST
Please join us for another installment of our weekly Batten Expert Chat series featuring Dean Ian Solomon of the Batten School and Dean Risa Goluboff of UVA's School of Law. More details to come. Join the conversation via Zoom.
Setting the Table: Hosting a Community Table Event for Conversations Around Equity
Wednesday August 12, 2020: 4 – 5 PM EST
A “Community Table” is a simple idea: bring people together to share a meal, a conversation, and build common ground, with equity and respect. Established by the United Way of Greater Charlottesville after the events of Summer 2017, Community Tables have an even more urgent purpose now- to hasten the honest conversations that must happen if we are going to move forward in the dismantling of structural racism in our community. This panel discussion, led by Community Table Hosts, will explain what a Community Table is and will provide guidance for other communities and organizations who might want to host their own Tables.
AIA Virginia Panel Discussion: Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA
Wednesday August 12, 2020: 4 – 5PM EST
The design of a new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers (MEL) on the grounds of the University of Virginia marks a critical moment to address the complex history of the University, slavery, and the country. It directly responds to a deep need to address an untold and uncomfortable history – one that is still very much a difficult, though necessary, national conversation on race. The goal of the Memorial is to create a physical place of remembrance and a symbolic acknowledgement of slavery and offers a place of learning and a place of healing.
Charlottesville Clergy Collective: Interfaith Service
Wednesday August 12, 2020: 6:30 PM EST
This Charlottesville Clergy Collective interfaith service (40 minutes) will be led by over 30 faith leaders representing over 7 faith traditions, reflecting on the events of August 11-12, 2017, the significance of Confederate statues and their removal, and how our faith convictions motivate us to work toward a more just and equitable future.
UVA Religion, Race, & Democracy Lab: "Praying With Our Feet" - Religious Activists Remember the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville
Wednesday August 12, 2020: 7 -8:15 PM EST
In explaining the relationship between their religious commitments and their actions to confront racist oppression, 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass and 20th century civil rights advocate Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel both described themselves as “praying with my feet.” The phrase still resonates in the 21st century. On the 3rd anniversary of the Unite the Right white supremacist attacks on Charlottesville, Virginia, a panel of religious racial justice activists reflect on what inspired them to counter-protest, and how theology and ethics motivate them to continue the work of racial justice.
Southern Poverty Law Center "Sounds Like Hate" Podcast Panel Discussion
Wednesday August 12, 2020: 8 – 7 PM EST
"Sounds Like Hate", a new podcast brought to you by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is an audio documentary series about the dangers of everyday people who engage in extremism – and about people who are trying to disengage from a life of hatred. The panelists will include Geraldine Moriba, "Sounds Like Hate" producer; Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother; Howard Graves, SPLC senior research analyst; Sammy Rangel, executive director and co-founder of Life After Hate; and Amy Spitalnick, executive director of Integrity First for America.