50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

On April 17, 2014 at 7pm in the Little Theater at Brown Hall, Norfolk State University, Cox Communications, and WHRO present a Roundtable Discussion that will examine the arc of civil liberties from 1619 to the present.


Legal experts and scholars will participate in a panel discussion about this critical moment in America’s history, putting the passage of this important legislation into a broader context, including the recent debates about individual civil liberties. The panel will discuss the history of civil rights, beginning in 1619 with the establishment of the first legislative body created by the London Company (later called the House of Burgesses). This group began to define citizenship for white men only over the next two centuries. Following the Civil War, passage of Constitutional amendments and federal laws that would guarantee civil liberties to all men and later women culminated in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.


Cox Communications and Norfolk State University are sponsoring this one-hour discussion. Cox Communications will film a 30-minute segment of the discussion for later broadcast. Local television personality, Barbara Hamm-Lee from WHRO, a PBS affiliate, who has a regular radio program, Another View, will be the moderator.
The legal experts will include The Honorable John Charles Thomas, Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia and Senior Partner with Hunton & Williams, John Pierre, Vice Chancellor and Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center, Amos Jones, Assistant Professor of Law at Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University, and Eric Claville, Assistant Dean at Hampton University.


We invite K-12 teachers, students, university faculty, local bar association members, and the general public to participate in this exciting panel discussion. The final 30 minutes of the discussion will include a Q&A session with the audience.

You can register online here.

2014 Conference

The 2014 1619: The Making of America Conference will be held September 18-19th, 2014 at Hampton University and Norfolk State University. Stay tuned for the call for papers and more information.

What do historians do on a snow day?

After we catch up on email, check on our online courses, try to do a little writing (I think I got one sentence written so far today), we play around online just like everyone else.

Today we've been playing with the Digital Public Library of America's website (Stephanie Richmond, your lowly content provider, is a Community Rep). I searched their collection for "Virginia" and then pulled up the timeline function and found there were not very many documents in the 1610s and 20s, but was is there is fascinating.

For 1619 there are three documents, one is a dud (nothing to do with Virginia at all, it just came from the Library of Virginia), and the other two are the poll tax listing for 1619 and a map of Virginia and Florida published by Jodocus Hondius in Amsterdam.  1621 and 1622 have some interesting items as well, a genealogy of a Virginia family and a poem written by a Virginian about the massacre of the Virginia colonists in 1622 during the conflict with the Powhatans. This was the conflict that Anthony Johnson survived.

If you want to learn more about the DPLA, please check out their website or contact the community rep in your area to schedule a presentation.