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The work to preserve and interpret Black history as an integral, essential component of American history is a multigenerational commitment.

Join Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for “Ascendant,” a public summit at Monticello discussing the power of descendant communities and voices on Saturday, June 18.

One panel, “Young Voices Rising: New Generations of Descendants” will explore how younger generations are continuing this important work. Moderated by Monticello’s Public Relations and Community Engagement Officer Gayle Jessup White, this conversation will feature historian Niya Bates; Director of the Getting Word African American Oral History Project at Monticello, Andrew Davenport; public historian Hannah Scruggs, and Director of Community Initiatives at Virginia Humanities, Justin Reid.

They will discuss the current state and future possibilities of descendant advocacy and equity in shaping public narratives. Learn more about all of the panels and register to attend this free event.

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.

Our work brings people together and honors our shared humanity.

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