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RADR Meeting: Let's Talk about the Monuments
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When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
8:00 am until 10:00 am
Where: University of Richmond Westhampton Center Room 101
33 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia  23173
United States
Contact: Townley Goldsmith-Ray, Member Experience Manager

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Let’s Talk about the Monuments


A meeting co-sponsored by the Richmond Area Diversity Roundtable (RADR) and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. The meeting will be a facilitated panel discussion with Q&A.

Although there is no charge to attend this meeting, we require advance registration for catering.




8:00 am to 8:30 am:  Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am to 9:30 am:  Panel Presentations
9:30 am to 10:00am:  Facilitated Roundtable Discussion



Dr. Ed Ayers
President Emeritus
University of Richmond
Noted Civil War historian

Edward Ayers is President Emeritus of the University of Richmond, where he now serves as Professor of the Humanities. Previously Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he began teaching in 1980, Ayers was named the National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003.

A historian of the American South, Ayers has written and edited 10 books. The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on the history of the Americas since 1492. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2013 by President Obama.

A pioneer in digital history, Ayers created "The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War," a website that has attracted millions of users and won major prizes in the teaching of history. He serves as co-editor of the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States at the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab and is a co-host of BackStory with the American History Guys, a nationally syndicated radio show and podcast.

Over his decades of work of writing history, experimenting with digital scholarship, collaborating in public history, and teaching and leading in higher education, Ayers has tried to find new ways to connect people with the American past.

Christy Coleman

American Civil War museum


Christy S. Coleman began her career as living history interpreter at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Over the course of a ten year career, she had increasing levels of responsibility finally serving as Director of Historic Programs. In 1999 she was named President and CEO of the nation’s largest African American museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. In 2008, Ms. Coleman was named President and CEO of the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. She has lectured extensively and consulted with some of the country’s leading museums, written a number of articles for scholarly and public history publications as well as being an award winning screenwriter for educational television. In 2009 she won an Emmy for her show Freedom Work as Outstanding Educational Programming for the ColonialWilliamsburg Productions.

The Honorable Kim Gray
Richmond City Council


Kim Gray was elected to the Richmond School Board in 2008 as the Second District representative. During the next eight years, she repeatedly demonstrated a keen grasp of the City’s budget process and the needs of the Richmond City Schools system. In January 2017, she was elected to Richmond City Council in 2nd District seat.

A native Richmonder and longtime resident of Jackson Ward, Kim has dedicated her life to increasing opportunities for our city’s families. A devoted mother, civic leader, and public servant, she has spent nearly 20 years working tirelessly to shape the lives of children through her involvement in state government, non-profits, and civic organizations.

In 2003, after years of involvement with nonprofits and civic organizations, Kim was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to help implement his innovative Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools (PASS) initiative. Through Kim's efforts to promote partnerships between the business and non-profit community, the PASS program raised student achievement in some of the lowest performing schools in the Commonwealth. Kim’s work on behalf of Virginia’s communities continued with a four-year appointment in the administration of Governor Tim Kaine.




Jonathan Zur
President & CEO
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) is an organization that works with schools, business, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. Under Jonathan’s leadership, VCIC increased the number of programs delivered annually by over 700%, and the organization has been recognized locally and nationally for its effectiveness. An experienced facilitator and consultant on issues of diversity and inclusion, Jonathan was a speaker at the inaugural White House Summit on Diversity and Inclusion in Government in 2016. His program work with VCIC is noted in the book No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities as “the best…in the nation for sowing the seeds of non-violence, inclusiveness and understanding in a high school.”

For his professional work and community involvement, Jonathan received a Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, the Leadership Metro Richmond Ukrop Community Vision Award, and the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership, among other recognitions. Additionally, Jonathan was a finalist for the Richmond Times Dispatch’s 2015 Person of the Year, and he was named one of Richmond’s “Top 40 Under 40″ in 2009.

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