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The First Civil Rights: Black Political Activism After Claiming Freedom

Thursday, February 23 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities to celebrate Black History Month and the completion of a signature project to document the lives and achievements of Virginia's first Black legislators. Editors of the Library's Dictionary of Virginia Biography joined this project in 2011 in collaboration with the commonwealth's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission to research and write the definitive life histories of the 92 African American men who served in the General Assembly from 1869 to 1890. Their stories are now part of the collective digital story of our state thanks to the collaboration with Encyclopedia Virginia, a rich online resource sponsored by Virginia Humanities.

Panelists for the program, moderated by Virginia Humanities executive director Matthew Gibson, will include the Honorable Viola Baskerville, one of the founders of the project; University of Richmond professor Lauranett Lee; Ajena Rodgers, supervisory park ranger at the National Park Service's Maggie L. Walker Historic Site and a descendant of Black legislator James A. Fields; and historian and author Brent Tarter, a retired editor with the Library of Virginia.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Klaczynski at 804.692.3536 or Registration is required.

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