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Community Listening and Learning Session
Researching and Making Decisions on Confederate Symbols and Street Names
First Community Listening and Learning Session - Feb. 4, 2021The first Connecting Fairfax City for All listening and learning session was held February 4, 2021. City of Fairfax Historic Resources Director Susan Gray presented “Fairfax: Crossroads of Conflict in the American Civil War, 1861-65: How Those Events and Personalities Have Been Memorialized and Interpreted.”
Third Community Listening and Learning Session -Feb. 25, 2021Historian Brent Tarter, author and editor of the Library of Virginia’s Discovering Virginia Biography, presented “The 1902 Virginia Constitution: White Supremacy and Disenfranchisement” on February 25. (Presentation begins at the eight-minute mark.)
Listening and Learning Session 3-11-2021Jarrod Elwell and Michelle Juma from Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. presented “The History of Now: Racial Equity and Housing in the City of Fairfax."
Listening and Learning Session 3-26-2021Mark C. Hopson, Ph.D., Director of African and African American Studies, and Associate Professor of Communications at George Mason University presented “Reimagining America: Why All the Protests? Having ‘The Talk’ about Race and Racism." He is joined by Gina Castle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Saint John’s University and author of Talking Black and White: An Intercultural Exploration of 21st Century Racism, Prejudice and Perception. This Fairfax County Public Library presentation was recorded June 17, 2020.
Listening and Learning Session 4-8-2021Fairfax Schools: Racially-Separate to Desegregation to Diversity
Community Listening and Learning SessionResearching and Making Decisions on Confederate Symbols and Street Names
April 19, 2022, Connecting Fairfax City for All open house at the Sherwood Community CenterProgress on the Connecting Fairfax City for All initiative was shared at an open house at the Sherwood Community Center on April 19, 2022. Residents interacted with city staff, the mayor, and city council members, sharing their thoughts about proposed changes to street names and historical monuments and markers, and the city seal.