The next round of the Future of Richmond’s Past community conversations include a program at the Family Resource Center on “The History and Creation of the Black Church” on Sunday, February 28, from 2-4PM.
The first community conversation has been scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2-4 p.m. at New Bridge Baptist Church, 5807 Nine Mile Road. Child care will be provided, and senior citizens wishing to arrange transportation through CAPUP should call 698-1070.
Ted Maris-Wolf, author of the January 3, 2010 op-ed “Commemorating Slavery and Civil War in Richmond” and Selden Richardson, Architectural Historian and author of Built by Blacks: African American Architecture & Neighborhoods in Richmond will lead a 45-minute program. The majority of our time will be devoted to hearing from the audience. Three questions have been developed by the Richmond History Working Group to kick off the conversation:
- What historical moment has shaped your thoughts or feelings about the City of Richmond?
- What can we do a community to make our history more accessible to residents, visitors, and scholars?
- If you were writing the history of Richmond and its people and places, what stories are left out? What are the most important moments that should be included?
The second public comment program will be held at Union-PSCE, on Monday, February 8, 7-9 p.m., Lake Chapel building, 3401 Brook Road. If you are able to arrive by 6:30 p.m., plan to enjoy refreshments and learn about Union’s role in Richmond’s history. Dr. Brian Blount, President of Union-PSCE, will welcome participants to the evening’s program on “The History and Creation of the Black Church.” The majority of the evening will be devoted to audience discussion, using the core questions listed above to start the conversation.
A third public comment program will be held at The East End Family Resource Center, on Sunday, February 28, 2-4 p.m., 2504 Jefferson Avenue. There will be a program on “The History and Creation of the Black Church,” followed by a question-and-answer session and audience discussion. As details are finalized, more information will be provided.