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Published September 9, 2020

This video, recorded September 9 2020, features two powerful, creative women: Nikki Giovanni, award-winning poet, activist, educator, and one of Oprah Winfrey’s “25 Living Legends,” and Tressie McMillan Cottom, professor and bestselling author shortlisted for the National Book Award. They discuss their own life journeys, the present long-overdue racial reckoning in this country, and their dreams for a more equitable and just future. The event was moderated by Irène Mathieu, a talented young poet and pediatrician practicing at UVA University Hospital.

This was the launch event for a short series of virtual conversations titled “To Dwell in Possibility: Virginia Women Remaking the World.” Thanks to the financial support of educator Dr. Melanie J. Biermann the series will honor the legacy of Rosel Schewel, a political and civil rights activist from Lynchburg who was the longest-serving member of Virginia Humanities’ board of directors.

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