Richmond, and its peer cities throughout the south, have a unique place in our nation's history. Whether the lens is war and peace, economics and race, or arts and culture, there is a more complete story to tell about who we are as Americans - and where we aspire to go. Our first session boasts five powerful voices, storytellers who have personal experiences with and a professional passion for unraveling complex moments in history.
We begin with two of Richmond's historians. Bill Martin, director of the Valentine Museum, and Christy Coleman, Executive Director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (and former CEO of the American Civil War Museum at historic Tredegar), will lean into a shared conversation about the story of Richmond. Like most cities, Richmond has multiple, often contradictory, stories. Becoming deeply curious about both the dominant and the less visible narratives -- and how they have shaped our past actions -- will allow us to be more intentional, and more inclusive, as we move toward a different future together.
Next, Richmond artist and muralist Hamilton Glass will take us on a visual journey of his latest public art project, the Mending Walls initiative. The project pairs artists of different races and backgrounds to create murals inspired by the racial equity and social justice movement. The intent is to facilitate connection, conversation, and healing through public art. More than 17 murals painted this summer now fill in gaps and add perspective -- and names, and faces -- to our understanding of Richmond?s diverse history.
We'll finish by reflecting on one of the most violent moments in the U.S. during the 20th century, the Tulsa race massacre. In recent years, a new generation of Tulsans have demonstrated a commitment to confronting this invisible history, acknowledging the pain of the past, and exploring meaningful reparations for Tulsa's Black community. Mike Neal, President & CEO, and Kuma Roberts, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce will share how a request for board minutes from the period immediately following the massacre gave birth to a critical moment of accountability and opportunity for Tulsa's business community.
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