Black History and Women’s History Months: The Importance of an Inclusive Narrative for Virginia

By February 25, 2018 No Comments

Jennifer McClellan column: Black History and Women’s History months: The importance of an inclusive narrative for Virginia

Last year — 2017 — marked the beginning of a renewed cultural reckoning where the social and economic challenges that women and minorities face were thrust into the spotlight. The rise of the national #MeToo movement and the racially charged events of Charlottesville forced us to ask some very hard questions as citizens and confront long-standing challenges: What does it mean to be an American?

Confucius stated, “Study the past if you would define the future.” The issues currently gripping the nation are not new, but we now have an opportunity to understand their origins and ensure a brighter collective future. As we celebrate Black History and Women’s History months, we have a meaningful opportunity to reflect on the past and assess progress.