Raising the Bar: The Chris Newman Show

Chris went through much of what many young black males go through when the educational environment is not responsive to their needs and realities. “I didn’t want anyone to know that I was smart. It took me my whole life to figure out that I’m a fool, but I ain’t no dummy. Never have been.”  The truth is that throughout his entire educational career, Chris believes that his genius was never tapped into, at least at school.

The Charlottesville Alliance for Black Male Achievement (Part 1 of 3)

Charlottesville’s Alliance for Black Male Achievement is playing a quiet but critical role in celebrating and creating opportunity for young black men and boys, and is seeing a real impact in the lives of young people and the institutions they interact with. However, many people in Charlottesville are still unaware of the Alliance and its work. This series will explore the Alliance’s history, its initiatives, and what lies ahead.

The Inward Journey of Dr. Wes Bellamy

What I notice very early as we are having this conversation is that what people may not necessarily see on the surface is that Wes is deeply rooted in his faith and in his family.  “My family means the most to me.” But Wes even wants to extend that idea of family beyond those he is related to. He says, “When I say family, I mean more than blood relatives. I mean big brothers, sisters, aunties, and uncles. God has sent people in my life to help me and to guide me, and I wouldn’t be the person I am without them.”

Words With Juan: The Future of Public Education

Teaching critical thinking will also be a large part of the educational component in the future. Again, critical thinking is taught today, but primarily as part of other assignments. Not as an independent subject. Future residents, workers, leaders will need to be critical thinkers in order to thrive and be productive citizens.

We (Still) Wear the Mask

On June 22, 2018, Justin Reid (far left), Virginia Humanities' director of African American Programs and co-creator of #UnmaskingCville, and Samantha Willis (far right), journalist and co-creator of #UnmaskingCville and #UnmaskingRVA, pictured with the series' panelists (from left): Niya Bates, public historian of African-American Life at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, student activist Zyahna Bryant, Mayor Nikuyah Walker, and journalist Jordy Yager. Photo Credit: Pat Jarrett, Virginia Humanities