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Albemarle County hosting community conversation addressing harmful histories

albemarle countyRev. Nelson Johnson and Joyce Johnson, co-executive directors of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, N.C., are coming to Charlottesville to share the story of their continued journey toward equity and justice through community building and reconciliation.

The event is set for Tuesday, April 30, at 6 pm at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (233 4th St NW, Charlottesville).

This event is sponsored by Albemarle County’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, University and Community Action for Racial Equity, and the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center.

The Beloved Community Center was founded in 1991 to foster and model a spirit of community based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

The Beloved Community Center was a stop on last summer’s Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage. A violent confrontation between labor and civil rights demonstrators and members of the American Nazi Party and Ku Klux Klan, occurred in Greensboro in 1979. The BCC has led their community’s discussions, plans, and actions around social, civic, economic and environmental issues.