Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024 @ 12:00:am
Join a virtual discussion with the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington on the development of African American communities in Arlington County.
Dr. Lindsey Bestebreurtje, a historian of African American History and Culture, will discuss integral details about Arlington County’s earliest predominantly Black communities as well as the history of the Green Valley neighborhood, shedding a light on suburbanization, social systems of inequality and segregation in the mid-20th Century.
Following Dr. Bestebreurtje’s presentation, Mrs. Portia Clark and Dr. Alfred Taylor, two well-known community activists and researchers, will join the discussion to share a historical and first-hand narrative on the evolution of the Green Valley community.
This discussion will highlight stories of the original creators and innovators who helped build, shape and influence not only the Green Valley community, but also the greater Arlington community, despite Virginia laws often denying them access to the educational, financial and land purchasing opportunities that would’ve enabled them to compete on a level playing ground.
Take the chance to learn about a community that excelled under a great amount of pressure.
Please note, we will be providing a free copy of Dr. Alfred Taylor Jr.’s book, “Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley,” to the first 100 registrants. If you are interested in receiving this book, please add your shipping information when registering for the event.
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