Dr. Allix B. James, who moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1942 to attend Virginia Union was the guest for the evening. In December 2012, Dr. James turned 90 years old. Dr. James served as a top administrator and in various positions at Virginia Union, a historic black college in Richmond, Virginia, chaired the city's Planning Commission, was the first African American appointed to a board in Virginia, and was the first African American elected President of the State Board of Education, among many other distinctions. Jonathan Zur from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities asked questions of Dr. James, and later allowed questions from the audience in Part 4.
Dr. James described the racism he experienced in his first 24 hours after moving to Richmond from Marshall, Texas as a 20 year old Virginia Union student. He went on to describe the Civil Rights protests of Virginia Union students while he was the Dean of Students, and told many other interesting stories about his life, and events in the 1960's.
This event was organized by the Valentine History Center and Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities with assistance from TMI, a Richmond-based inclusion consulting and facilitation group.
From Facebook event description:
"This will be the third iteration of the "Community Conversations" series. The purpose of the series is to engage the community in a dialogue about the region’s past and how that past can positively shape our collective future. The more people that join in the conversation, the more productive our efforts become, and the easier it will be for everyone to see ourselves in the history of the region. "