Williams Reflects on Richmond's History & Today
July 23, 2020
The Wilder School continued its Alumni Lunch and Learn Series with a powerful presentation and discussion with Michael Paul Williams, columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch on July 22.
In his presentation, “Beyond the Monument: Crafting a Model for a Post-Racist Richmond,” Williams reflected on history and stated how Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue were not merely symbols of white supremacy, they were designed to be part of a system to uphold white supremacy in Richmond.
“These monuments are not history. They cannot even accurately be called symbolic statements,” Williams said. “They were designed to be part of the actual infrastructure of white supremacy in Richmond.”
Read the full VCU News article: A reimagined Monument Avenue could ‘reflect on our past and point our way to a more equitable future’
The Wilder School’s next Alumni Lunch and Learn “Reopening Virginia's K-12 Schools and Measuring COVID-19: Recover, Redesign, Restart” on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. noon will feature:
- James Lane, Superintendent for Public Instruction for the Virginia Department of Education
- Maria Pitre-Martin, Superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools
- Moderator: Andrew Daire, Dean, VCU School of Education