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.
- November 17-19, 2017: Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival: Native American Storytellers
- April 9-15, 2018: Tom Tom Founders Festival
- Check back shortly for 1619 Society resources!