DOVE, NAACP, and AARP collaborative partnership

DOVE, Virginia State Conference of the NAACP, and AARP of Virginia are working to establish a collaborative partnership. This project has potential to bring together interested persons through education, empowerment, and volunteering. Our plan, using the DOVE Project as a template, is to collect stories and historic documents throughout the state, detailing Virginia’s historic journey to the desegregation of schools, via a series of one-day events held throughout the state. We will use these occasions to display historic documents and photos related to the civil rights struggle and the desegregation of schools; perform workshops designed to empower the community; and register voters.

We are planning to convene a meeting of leaders from around the state who have an interest in being involved in this project.  The meeting will be held 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the NAACP’s Virginia State Conference office at 1214 West Graham Road, Richmond, VA 23220. Lunch will be served. We hope to make available an audio bridge for those who cannot come in person.

Please RSVP by contacting Patrick Johnson, via email or (804) 344-3060, by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2012.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Virginia State Conference NAACP/AARP Virginia/DOVE Collaboration FACT SHEET

This project will consist of a traveling exhibit to educate and preserve the memories of school desegregation in Virginia. The exhibit will travel to eight regions in Virginia, lasting one day at each locale. The first exhibit will be the week of February 27th.

The project seeks to preserve the records and memories of the participants in the integration of the public schools in Virginia from the 1940s to the 1980s.  The children affected by the decisions made by the various authorities are now in their 50s, 60s and 70s.  It is imperative to interview these people before their memories have faded completely.   The physical records of these events, both public and private, may also be endangered and need to be cataloged and protected for current and future generations.

Components of the exhibit are:

1.  Learn about the history of school desegregation

  • A portable exhibit containing photographs, maps and images of definitive historic documents with a timeline of school desegregation events in Virginia
  • Documentaries about school desegregation

2.  Share our stories

  • Collect oral histories
  • Scan documents
  • Encourage donation of material to DOVE repositories

3. Empower

  • Voter registration and education
  • Train volunteers for the DOVE project
  • Financial literacy workshops by AARP
  • Volunteer opportunities for NAACP and AARP

4. Timeframe: February through June 2012

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