The following events are past lectures hosted by the JSAAHC. For upcoming lectures please visit our events section.

Class, Culture & Heritage, Lectures, Performance

Wilsonian Soldier Symposium

Time: Monday, October 23, 2023October 23, 2023 - 6:00 PM - October 28, 2023 - 6:00 PM /
For the final season of August Wilson, and in keeping with our mission as an organization to “promote a greater understanding of the contributions of African Americans” and provide a space and place for Black artists to create unapologetically, we have planned a week long symposium to be held at the close of our season […]

Evelyn Barbour Lecture: Black Face on White Power Dr. T. J. Tallie

Time: Tuesday, August 15, 20236:00 PM - 7:00 PM /
Our series is named after Evelyn L. Barbour, who passed in 2014 at the age of 78 after a short illness. She attended the Jefferson School and was among the first graduating class Jackson P. Burley High School. She was an alumnus of Virginia Union University and the University of Virginia School of Education. She […]

Evelyn Barbour Lecture: Black Face On White Power Siri Russell

Time: Tuesday, April 25, 20236:00 PM - 7:00 PM /
Siri Russell, the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Virginia’s School of Data Science will sit in conversation with Dr. Andrea Douglas on the JSAAHC Stage on April 25 beginning at 6:00 p.m. They will discuss the obstacles Black bodies face when they choose diversity work. This talk is the […]
Lectures, Special Event

Creating an Ecosystem for Social Change

Time: Wednesday, April 12, 20236:00 PM - 7:00 PM /
Eugene “Gus” Newport is a social justice activist, grassroots leader, community and economic development consultant, and has worked for several foundations and served on the faculties of MIT, Yale, UC Santa Cruz, U Mass Boston, and Portland State. He was the two-term mayor of Berkeley, CA (1979–1986). During his tenure he served on the advisory […]
Lectures, Special Event

Liberation & Freedom Days Descendant Power: A Rubric for Engaging Slavery Descendant Communities

Time: Saturday, March 4, 20232:00 PM - 6:00 PM /
Join Niya Bates (PhD Candidate at Princeton University, Founding Member of DEC-UVA), James French (Montpelier Foundation Board Chair), and Matthew Reaves (Director of Archaeology, Montpelier) as they discuss the Rubric as a Framework for Engaging with Descendants of Enslaved Laborers. Moderator: Justin G. Reid (Cultural Organizer, Griffin Blvd Archives) Transportation will be provided with buses […]
Culture & Heritage, Lectures

Evelyn Barbour Lectures: Blackface on White Power

Time: Tuesday, February 28, 20236:00 PM - 7:00 PM /
Dr. Avina Ross and Dr. Andrea Douglas discuss the tumultuous lived experiences of Black bodied people working in DEI spaces in which the institutions are not ready or willing to do the work. The talk, which begins at 6pm, will be broadcast simultaneously on our Facebook and YouTube pages.
Lectures, Special Event

Young Gifted & Black

Time: Monday, February 27, 20235:30 PM - 6:30 PM /
In celebration of Black History Month, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce & JSAAHC  will showcase thought-provoking short talks on Black entrepreneurship and workforce/talent development. The event will be held in JSAAHC Auditorium from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Speakers will include: Jesse Brookins, Director of Equity & Inclusion, […]
Culture & Heritage, Lectures, Special Event


Time: Saturday, January 28, 2023January 28, 2023 - 3:00 PM - January 25, 2023 - 5:00 PM /
On Saturday, January 28 at 3 p.m. A’Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, will speak followed by a book signing. A’Lelia is the founder of the Madam Walker Family Archives and brand historian for MADAM by Madam C. J. Walker, a line of hair care products developed in partnership with […]
Lectures, Screenings

Songs & Stories Screening – Postponed due to weather

Time: Saturday, October 1, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PM / JSAAHC
The newest episode of Songs & Stories, featuring the up and coming orchestral conductor, violinist, and teacher, Naima Burrs. Child-friendly discussion with host Mary Anderson, guest Naima Burrs, and other guest musicians following the screening. Light, child-friendly snacks will be provided. This event is free and open to the public, but registration and COVID vaccination […]
Culture & Heritage, Lectures

Evelyn Barbour Lecture: Dr. William A. Darity, Jr and A. Kirsten Mullen

Time: Tuesday, May 17, 20226:00 PM - 7:00 PM / 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
In 2022 the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center will host a series of two-day conversations on the subject of reparations, funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities. On the first day a public lecture will be offered by invited speakers who are leading the reparations conversation across the nation. On the second […]
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