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Spotlight on Education, A Conversation about The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality

Date & Time

February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location

Virginia Museum of History and Culture
428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220

Overview

Lifetime Learning is hosting a day at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and the exhibit Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality. Associate Dean and Associate Professor Patrice Preston Grimes from UVA’s Office of African-American Affairs and the Curry School of Education and Human Development will begin our day with a lecture focusing on the history of African-American schooling in the South before mandated desegregation, and how educational history can inform current schooling policy and practice. Over lunch, Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., a veteran K-12 educator, former President of the Virginia Board of Education, and retired Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia will provide an overview of current issues facing African-American students in Virginia schools.

In the afternoon, we will explore with a docent the exhibit Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality that examines the long history of black Americans as they have fought for freedom, equal justice, and access to opportunity. Through profiles of 30 individuals, more than 100 evocative objects, and multimedia interpretive content, the exhibit shares the black experience in Virginia from 1619 to the present day, the pivotal role black Americans have played in shaping America’s national identity and culture, and the key Virginians and Virginia events that have defined the meaning of American democracy, equality, and justice. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the other exhibits at the museum. The day will end with reflections, questions, and answers.

Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

Speaker(s)

Patrice Preston Grimes

Associate Dean in the Office of African-American Affairs and Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia

Patrice Preston Grimes is Associate Dean in UVA’s Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) and an Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education and Human Development. At OAAA, her responsibilities include coordinating the Faculty-Student Mentoring Program and implementing the GradSTAR Program to promote students’ academic excellence and leadership development.

As a faculty member, Associate Professor Preston Grimes teaches in the Curry School’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.  Some of the courses she has taught include Cultural Geography, Education and Cultural Diversity, and Foundations in American Education.

Ms. Preston Grimes earned her Bachelor of Science degree in speech from Northwestern University.  She holds a Master of Arts in teaching and a PhD in educational studies from Emory University.  Before graduating from Emory, she was a middle grades language arts and social studies teacher in Atlanta and DeKalb County (GA) public school systems and an instructor and student teaching advisor at Mercer University.

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Former President, Virginia Board of Education and retired Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr. has held many distinguished positions in education over the course of his career.  Most recently, Mr. Cananday served on the Virginia Board of Education from 2009–2017 and served as the President of the Board from 2015–2017 after being appointed and reappointed by Governors Kaine, McDonnell, and McAuliffe. Cannaday’s K-12 administrative roles began in 1982 when he served as Principal of Huntington Middle School in Newport News, VA. In 1986, he became Director of Secondary Education and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Hampton Public Schools. He then served as Superintendent of Hampton Roads Public Schools from 1994–2000. Following his appointment in Hampton, Mr. Cannaday was hired as Superintendent for Chesterfield County Public Schools. In 2005, he received the Superintendent of the Year Award by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

Mr. Cannaday retired from the University of Virginia in 2015 after serving as the Vice Provost of Academic Outreach and Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He was appointed to the Vice Provost position in 2012 by former President Sullivan and was appointed as the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies in 2008 by former President Casteen.

Mr. Cannaday earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Virginia Tech. He holds a Master of Arts in educational administration from Hampton University and a Doctorate in educational administration from Virginia Tech.

Agenda
10:00 a.m. Check-In
10:15 a.m. Lecture – Speaker – Patrice Preston Grimes
Lunch – Speaker – Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Docent-led exhibit tour
Free time to explore other exhibits in the museum
Reflections, questions, and answers
3:30 p.m. Event concludes
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy:

Participants may cancel their registration for this One-Day UVA program by emailing Susan Lynch at scl4d@virginia.edu. Susan will send an email notification confirming your cancellation.

Refund Policy:

If Lifetime Learning (via Susan) receives your cancellation email before midnight on February 7th, you will receive a refund of 50% of your registration fee.

If Lifetime Learning (via Susan) receives your cancellation email after midnight on February 7th, no refund will be issued.

Participant Physical Abilities

The Virginia Museum of History and Culture is handicap accessible.

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