Discussion Series: Our Civil Rights: Race & Labor

African American Heritage | History

Pittsylvania County History Research Center and Library

340 Whitehead Street, Chatham, Virginia 24531
More Information »

Facilitated by Dr. Andrew Canady of the history faculty at Averett, this conversation focuses on the history of race as it influenced labor in the nation, the South, and our local community. “Our Civil Rights: Race & Labor” is a collaboration of the Pittsylvania County Public Library and History United, a program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Refreshments provided by Pittsylvania Together, Chatham First, and Rosebud Baptist Church. 6:30-7:00 pm refreshments; 7:00-8:30 pm program

Discussion Topics

May 30 – Community Potluck
This first session kicks off the series with refreshments and will lay the broad historical scope and ideas that we will cover over the summer.

June 27 – Labor in Slavery and Freedom
This session will focus on pre-Civil War Slavery labor and explore how working in America and in the South changed for blacks after the Civil War and Emancipation.

July 25 – Working in Jim Crow America
This session will examine what kinds of professions were available to blacks during the time segregation in the South.

August 29 Working North and Working at War
This session will focus on the Great Migration and some economic advancements for blacks during and after WWII.

September 26 – Hiring the Black Worker in the 20th Century South
This session will focus on the 1960s Civil Rights movement and its effect on integrating various industries including the textile industry.


More Information >>