Who We Are
Virginians for Reconciliation is a volunteer citizen group formed for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the country’s first enslaved African people landing in Virginia in August 1619, and reflecting upon Virginia’s role in enslaving African-Americans and the path forward to promote better understanding and cooperation today.
W H Y
The Declaration of Independence acknowledges that all people have inalienable rights endowed by our Creator, and the Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. The Scriptures say that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God. These spiritual, political, and economic truths are fundamental American principles and yet they are not fully realized for all our citizens. The Constitution requires us to continue to form a “more perfect union.” Virginians have a unique opportunity in 2019 to promote honest dialogue and accelerate healing racial wounds. We must move all citizens towards unity and reconciliation economically, legally, and relationally.
W H Y V I R G I N I A
Virginia was the arrival point for the first enslaved Africans in 1619, the epicenter of the American slave trade, and the capitol of the confederacy. In 2017, white supremacists held a violent, deadly protest in Charlottesville. Virginia is also the home of trail-blazing leaders like Barbara Johns, Oliver Hill, Maggie Walker and the nation’s first black Governor, Doug Wilder. We have made good civil rights progress in Virginia, and we can lead the nation in the path of healing and reconciliation in 2019 and beyond.
H O W
Virginians for Reconciliation recommends to the citizens and will promote a series of events to engage Virginians around the truths on race that exist in America, with the goal of establishing a new construct where people of different races will have an honest and healthy dialogue to break down stereotypes and barriers and work closer together for the common good.
W H O
Virginians for Reconciliation asks that Virginians from all walks of life and backgrounds participate in making 2019 a year of earnest racial reconciliation and healing, with the goal of creating a more just, civil and respectful society in America