Published September 30, 2019

Unmasking Hampton Roads is a three-part learning series designed to help residents of the region take off their masks, be candid with each other about race and racism, and work together to make our communities more equitable and inclusive spaces for everyone.

The series is inspired by the poem “We Wear the Mask” by African American writer and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

#UnmaskingHR took place in Hampton Roads twice in the fall of 2019:

  • Oct. 10, Oct. 17 and Oct. 19 – Norfolk and Virginia Beach
  • Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 23 – Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk

Live Streams

October 17, 2019

November 21, 2019

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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