Addressing the Arrival of the First Africans - Commemoration not Celebration
Posted on February 21, 2018
As we focus on the five historical developments of 1619 that continue to directly influence America today, it is important that we acknowledge the complexity of our history and the injustices that are interwoven throughout. This is particularly relevant when we address the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America.
2019 Commemoration presents American Evolution Innovators Cup at Tom Tom Founders Festival
Posted on February 14, 2018
American Evolution is thrilled to be returning as a sponsor and exhibitor at the Tom Tom Founders Festival, April 9-15 in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship, Tom Tom is a perfect example of the ways creativity and opportunity continue to define our state. During the festival, Charlottesville’s downtown will be bustling with live music, workshops, and summits, drawing attendees that span a variety of industries and disciplines.
Can a Commemoration Be Inclusive?
Posted on February 6, 2018
In commemorating Virginia’s progression over 400 years, American EvolutionTM seeks to highlight a more inclusive history and provide a forum for Virginians from all walks of life to set a course for the future. While there are dominant narratives in the telling of any history, the 2019 Commemoration presents us with an opportunity to intentionally and thoughtfully broaden our lens.
A Focus on Native Americans
Posted on January 26, 2018
You may have noticed that much of our focus with the 2019 Commemoration is directed toward legacy projects and partnership initiatives throughout Virginia. While the 2019 Commemoration is being steered by American Evolution, it is very much intended to incorporate involvement from the state as a whole. In supporting various programs that align with our themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity, we hope to reinforce a broader engagement with our history.
Why is Democracy a Central Theme of American Evolution?
Posted on October 27, 2017
In exploring the events of 1619 and all that they set into motion, we find the earliest roots of principles that continue to define our nation. American Evolution has selected the triadic themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity as a prism through which to view our journey over the past 400 years and into the future. Each of these themes is closely associated with one or more 1619 event(s), and all three have been intertwined across the subsequent arc of our history. So, where does democracy come into play?
What is American Evolution?
Posted on October 27, 2017
Did you know that 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of several significant developments in early Virginia? The year 1619 saw the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first Africans to English North America, the recruitment of English women to Virginia in large numbers, the first official English Thanksgiving in North America, and the development of Virginia’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.