Lack of representation can be detrimental to the psyches of young students. If you never see anybody that looks like you achieving success, how can you see that for yourself.
I really wanted to get more in touch with Richmond’s history. I went to high school in Virginia and I don’t remember learning about any Virginians besides presidents and colonizers.
As bell hooks mentioned in the Teaching to Transgress, lack of representation can be detrimental to the psyches of young students. If you never see anybody that looks like you achieving success, how can you see that for yourself.
They pick a handful of Black people and a sprinkle of other racial minorities to throw in the mix of our education curriculum as if to meet a quota on non-White figures.
I love that there are so many organizations here in Richmond fighting for unheard voices/
stories. Elegba Folklore Society's YouTube page features a panel with representatives from several major RVA museums discussing Virginia history and systemic racism. What stood out most to me were the names of influential Black Virginians I never knew.
I attempted to do come cartoonish sketches of the influential figures that stuck out to me, following the format of the I Am a Man protest of 1968 and developing info cards from that.