Racism: Challenging Perceptions - Progress and Promises

Date & Time

Sunday, October 17, 2021
10:00 am to 4:30 pm


Richmond, VA 23235
United States


About the Event

Leaders and experts examine the progress and promises toward dismantling historically racist systems. Moderated by Adrienne Cole Johnson, MSW.

VPM launched Racism: Challenging Perceptions in 2020 and continues to explore community initiatives and efforts to create a more equitable world. In this virtual discussion series panelists join Adrienne Cole Johnson for quick and engaging, deep-dive chats into various topics:

  1. Systemic Racism | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

A year following the brutal death of George Floyd and the onset of a pandemic that shed light on racial disparities, we will discuss what changes, if any, have occurred in how communities view and value Black lives. This discussion will include the founder of The Richmond Racial Equity Essays, Ebony Walden and Dr. Wes Bellamy, Political Science Department Chair at Virginia State University. 

  1. Racism and Mental Health | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

As Black people have continued to navigate spaces and communities where racial disparities are present, mental health concerns continue to illuminate. A discussion on the importance of intentional self-care and mental health will include Ashley Williams, founder of Bare Soul Yoga, and Sheila Battle, Executive Coach and author at Soulful Conversations with Frank and Sheila. 

  1. Addressing Racism in our Communities | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Communities and organizations shared their commitment to addressing racial inequities in 2020 through developing coalitions and many hours of consulting. Join a discussion led by Virginia House of Delegates Member and Legislative Black Caucus Chair, Lamont Bagby and Chlo’e Edwards, President of Black Lives Matter 804 and policy professional. 

  1. Creating Equitable Education Systems | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The education of youth and young children is a vital component of dismantling racism. In a discussion led by Dr. Shadae Harris, Chief Engagement Officer at Richmond Public Schools, and Dr. Tomika Ferguson, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence; Assistant Professor and Ed.D. Co-Coordinator, Department of Educational Leadership, VCU. We will discuss strategies that schools are developing to address systemic racism and serve our students equitably.

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