RCC Celebrates and honors the lives and legacies of African Americans throughout the year with inclusion and programming to support our students, faculty, staff and our community members. The month of February is recognized as Black History Month when our nation reflects “on more than 400 years of Black history and heritage” (blackhistorymonth.gov). RCC will host several events. Visit www.rappahannock.edu/rcc-events.

On February 2, RCC hosted a panel discussion titled, “Thomas Washington’s Life Mattered,” with local community members. Recently steps were taken to bring to light the dark history in Essex County, VA, where in 1896, Thomas Washington, a black man was lynched by a mob. An historic marker now stands on the site. Soil collected from the site will be displayed at the national Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL. Panel members included Reginal Carter and Bessida Cauthorne-White, and Sara Pope, a descendant of the coroner who investigated the crime.  You can view the recorded discussion at: Thomas Washington’s Life Mattered

To learn more about the dedication of the marker please read information from The Virginia Department of Historic Resources https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/press_releases/a-state-historical-marker-to-be-dedicated-in-essex-county/

To learn more about the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama, visit https://museumandmemorial.eju.org/memorial.

The next event will be a discussion via Zoom of the Capital Emmy-nominated film, The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia., on February 16 at 12:30 pm. The movie accounts the life of John Dabney who “was a giant of 19th-century Richmond high society,” a fixture at sophisticated society events, and a family man who left a legacy to his family and community despite living the first 41 years of his life enslaved. Meet the film makers, Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, and scholarly advisor/cast member Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, as we discuss the making of the film and its impact on black history.

Prior to the event, watch the movie The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia:   https://www.hailstormdabney.com/watch

To receive the Zoom link, please contact Lorraine Justice, Director of the Student Support Services program by email ljustice@rappahannock.edu.

More events to be announced.