What is the 1619 Society?
American Evolution has established the 1619 Society with the goal of engaging a younger generation of Virginians in the development of democracy, diversity, and opportunity in the Commonwealth. Events hosted throughout the state will encourage emerging leaders to participate in civic engagement by identifying challenges and solutions unique to Virginia’s many distinct regions. These regional meetings, held in Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Norfolk, Alexandria, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, Norton/Wise, and Martinsville, will focus on a specific topic or theme relevant to that region.
Participants in the 1619 Society will be empowered to work together and contribute to the ongoing evolution of Virginia through community engagement and activation, in cooperation with the 2019 Commemoration. This community engagement may take many forms, from additional local gatherings and civic education projects to art exhibits and public performances.
On June 15, American Evolution kicked off the very first meeting of the 1619 Society at Wong Gonzalez in Richmond. The event was headlined by a speech from Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, who discussed the importance of understanding history and its impact on today's democracy. See the video below for more information about this first 1619 Society meeting.
The next 1619 Society event is currently planned for Charlottesville in early August 2017. Continue to check here for more information, or follow American Evolution on social media @Commemorate2019 for additional updates!