Join renowned theological scholars and historians to discuss the religious context of Virginia in 1619, its impact on people of color, and the evolution of a religious and culturally diverse United States in the 21st century.

The events in Virginia from 1607-1619 inaugurated a shared history of 400 years, weaving together diverse peoples and cultures. These events also marked the beginning of a long history of invasion and exploitation and the loss of religious traditions for both Native Americans and Africans. This summit explores the African faith journey of over 400 years, beginning in 1619 when the first Africans were enslaved and forcibly migrated to the Virginia colony. The 2019 Commemoration is an occasion not only to appreciate the past, but also for reflection, repentance, reconciliation and healing.

On Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019, enjoy Reflections of the Past: Songs from the African American Journey, a music program featuring historian Wisteria Perry and the Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church Youth Choir.

All events are free and open to the public.

Hosted by The Virginia Council of Churches, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and the 2019 Commemoration.

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 20: Presentation of Papers and Musical Reflections

8:45 – Opening and Welcome

  • Dr. Lauranett Lee, Visiting Lecturer, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
  • Kathy J. Spangler, Executive Director, 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution
  • Dr. Gregory Howard, Interim Dean, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
  • Congressman Don McEachin, Virginia’s 4th District
  • Mr. Nathan Richardson, Performance poet, published author and Douglass Historian
  • Mary Anne Glover, Interim General Minister, Virginia Council of Churches

9:30 -11:30 Papers
Robert Miller, Professor, Arizona State University- Virginia’s First Slaves: American Indians

Diane Stewart, Associate Professor, Emory University-Systems for Which We Have No Name: African Religious Traditions in African American Memory, Ritual and Material Culture

Sabrina Dent, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute- Role of Religion as Injustice Healer: Re-Imagining Race and Interfaith Relations

11:30 -12:00 Response and Q&A

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 Papers
Ben Campbell, Pastoral Associate, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond-Anglicanism and the Inception of Virginia

William Brackney, Pioneer MacDonald Professor of Baptist Theology & Ethics, Carey Theological College-A Tradition in Need of Re-Writing Itself
Yolanda Pierce, Professor and Dean, Howard University School of Divinity- Theopoetics and 1619: A Footnote on Race, Memory, and Poetry

3:00 – 4:30 Response and Q&A

5:00 Adjourn for Dinner

7:00 – 9:00 Reflections of the Past: Songs from African American Journey with Ms. Wisteria Perry, Mariner Museum and Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church (Richmond) Youth Choir. Spirituals have been a major part of African American culture. Still sung today, they provide a different perspective into the lives of those who came before us.

Thursday, March 21: Presentation of Papers and Panel Discussion

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome, Logistics
Nathan Richardson

9:30 -11:30 Presentation of Papers
Jonathan Stubbs, Law Professor, University of Richmond- Resuscitating the Good News: How Colonial Virginia Laws Sowed Seeds for a Continuing Bitter Harvest and What to Do About It.
Lenneal Henderson, Adjunct Professor of Government, William & Mary- Quakers in the Tumult, Terror and Timing of Reconstruction, 1871-1896

11:30 -12:00 Response and Q&A

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 Panel Discussion – “What would reconciliation, civility look like?”

  • Moderator: Rev. John Kinney, Professor of Theology, Virginia Union University
  • Chief Stephen Adkins, Chickahominy Tribe
  • Delegate Delores McQuinn, General Assembly of Virginia
  • Senator Jennifer McClellan, General Assembly of Virginia
  • Glenn Oder, Executive Director, Fort Monroe Authority
  • Secretary Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia

3:00 – 3:30 Wrap up, Next steps

Speakers

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04)

William H. Brackney, Ph.D.
Pioneer MacDonald Professor of Baptist Theology & Ethics
Carey Theological College

Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell, Ph.D.
Pastoral Associate
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Sabrina E. Dent
Director of Programs and Partnerships
Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute

Lenneal Henderson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Government
William and Mary

Hakim J. Lucas, Ph.D.
President
Virginia Union University

Robert J. Miller, J.D.
Professor
Arizona State University

Wisteria Perry
Museums Professional

Yolanda Pierce, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
Howard University School of Divinity

Nathan M. Richardson
Performance poet, published author and Douglass Historian

Kathy Spangler
Executive Director
2019 Commemoration

Dianne M. Stewart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Emory University

Jonathan Stubbs, M.T.S.
Law Professor
University of Richmond

Panelists

Chief Stephen Adkins
Chickahominy Tribe

Moderator: Rev. John Kinney, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology
Virginia Union University

Senator Jennifer McClellan J.D.
Virginia General Assembly

Delegate Delores McQuinn
Virginia General Assembly

Glenn Oder
Executive Director
Fort Monroe Authority

Secretary Kelly Thomasson
The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Project Leaders

Rev. Jonathan Barton, Ph.D.
General Minister Emeritus
Virginia Council of Churches

Rev. Mary Anne Glover
Interim General Minister
Virginia Council of Churches

Lauranett Lee, Ph.D.
Visiting Lecturer, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

Rev. Dr. Gregory M. Howard
Interim Dean
Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology

Corey D.B. Walker, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Religion and Leadership Studies
University of Richmond