Discover the unique contributions of women, teachers, and youth during the civil rights movement in Chesterfield County and Petersburg. Hear eyewitness accounts from behind-the-scenes and learn how women played an unsung role for social justice and how their historical work relates to today’s issues. Panel discussion will feature civil rights activist and Chester resident Mrs. Theresa Ann Walker, widow of the Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker who was right-hand man to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; award-winning local historian and author on the black experience, Elvatrice Belsches; Joel Howard, Richmond artisan and son of Petersburg NAACP Youth Advisor and civil rights leader, Helen P. Howard; Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, visiting professor at University of Richmond, Senior Fellow of the Religious Freedom Center for the Freedom Forum Institute and Distinguished Researcher for the Global Center for Advanced Studies who has published broadly in the fields of African American history and religious studies; and Dr. Carmen Foster, a historian specializing in researching and facilitating lessons of leadership in the civil rights movement who was also a part of the first wave of African American students who desegregated the Richmond Public School system will be moderator for the event. Special music will be featured by a local African American choral group.
(Note: this is a date change from the CCPL Loud and Clear Fall 2019 publication).
This special Friends of CCPL event is sponsored in by Friends of CCPL and Virginia Credit Union.