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At Illumination Ceremony, Site of New Black History Museum is Noted for Historical Significance

Marilyn H. West, Chair of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, speaks at the Illumination Ceremony, November 20, 2015 Photo: Clement Britt
At Illumination Ceremony, Site of New Black History Museum is Noted for Historical Significance
In 1895, the Leigh Street Armory on a street corner in Jackson Ward housed black militiamen during the Spanish-American War. The “pride of black Richmond,” it evolved much over the next century, transforming from a city school to a warehouse to a USO center for black GIs during World War II, then into a school and a warehouse once more.

“Then it became a roofless ruin and was kept in that state for more than a decade by an unknowing public and indifferent bureaucrats of the past,” said historian and author Selden Richardson as he recited the history of the building at 122 W. Leigh St. from a park across the street Friday night.

He spoke to about 200 people who had gathered to watch as the lights inside turned on, ushering in the site’s latest incarnation: the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

The illumination ceremony commemorated the museum’s anticipated opening in January at its new location, which, at 12,000 square feet, is double the size of its previous location at 00 Clay St. Construction, which began last year, is scheduled to be completed in December.

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The 30th Season of the Richmond Forum Begins November 21st

The 30th Season of the Richmond Forum Begins November 21st
The 30th season of The Richmond Forum will feature actor Alan Alda; two-time Super Bowl quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson; Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of the PBS series Finding Your Roots; the former Prime Minister or Australia; and more!

The season begins on November 21st with a presentation by famed political philosopher Michael Sandel. Sandel has been called “the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world” and a “rock star moralist.” He’s spoken to large audiences around the world—from the Sydney Opera House to an audience of 14,000 in an outdoor amphitheater in Korea—and his own classes are the most popular lectures offered at Harvard. Sandel will lead the Forum audience in an exploration and debate of the nature, obligations, and moral tensions of a democratic society.

In January 2016, The Richmond Forum will welcome beloved actor Alan Alda to the stage. Best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running television series M*A*S*H, Alda has also been a writer, director, and science advocate over his 40-year career. He has won seven Emmys and six Golden Globes for his work. At The Richmond Forum, Alda will discuss his career and his surprising conclusion when contemplating the meaning of his own life.

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On Veteran’s Day, Let’s Recognize All Who Served

On Veteran's Day, Let's Recognize All Who Served

Veterans Day has its origins in Armistice Day, which was first acknowledged by President Wilson in 1919. The first anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles took place “in the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday on November 11, 1938.

Alvin King, a small business owner in Emporia, Kansas, had a problem with Armistice Day. Al was so moved by the death of his nephew, John E. Cooper, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge, during World War II that he, along with the Emporia Chamber of Commerce, started a movement to rename and redefine Armistice Day as Veterans Day. His goal was to expand the recognition beyond those who served in WWI. The idea caught on and President Eisenhower made Veterans Day official in 1954.

But who should be recognized on Veterans Day? If you’re looking for the definition of a military veteran, good luck. There are several variations on that theme, since the veteran universe is primarily associated with financial benefits. Consequently, the government has a lot at stake in the official definition.

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November Is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month

How can American Diabetes Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes.

Here are just a few ideas:

•  Encourage people to make small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
•  Talk to people in your community about getting regular checkups. They can get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and ask the doctor about their diabetes risk.
•  Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

How can I help spread the word?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

•  Add information about preventing type 2 diabetes to your newsletter.
•  Tweet about American Diabetes Month.
•  Host a community event where families can be active while learning about local health resources.
•  Add this Web badge to your website.
•  Join the American Diabetes Association in celebrating American Diabetes Month.

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Richmond, Virginia

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