Virginia's 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution Announces Speakers for 1619: Making Of America Summit At Norfolk State University

NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Virginia's 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, in partnership with Norfolk State UniversityA will host the 1619: Making of America Summit on September 25 a?? 28, 2019 in Norfolk, VA. The multi-day event will explore the 400-year journey of our nation's founding culturesa??Native, African, and English peoples, immigrant stories, and the contributions and influences that have shaped the creation of today's America.
Virginia's 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution Announces Speakers for 1619: Making Of America Summit At Norfolk State University
At the foundation of this cross-cultural event will be the question: "Who are we as Americans?" Scholars, thought leaders, artists, filmmakers, dignitaries, and students will delve into America's current and historic narratives with a lens towards telling more inclusive narratives and perspectives on the future. Keynote addresses, roundtable conversations, breakout sessions, and panel discussions will take place throughout each day of the summit.Discussion themes include, "Finding America's Roots," "America's Narrative Reframed," "America's Future: Citizenship and The Law," and "Reimagining Representations of People of Color." Entertainment at the summit includes a screening of the films "Ghosts of Amistad," and "Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World," the live stage play, "Gem of the Ocean," and a musical performance, "Musical Performance "Voices Raised in Harmony."Summit attendees will also see the premiere of the four-part docuseries "400 Years Latera?¦'free-ish," created to raise awareness about the 400 Year Commemoration of the first Africans that arrived in Virginia in 1619 and the continuing legacy of racial inequity that still exists today. A Nate Parker Foundation's HBCU Storytellers Project provides students the opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking while receiving a culturally enriching educational experience that prepares them to use film as a vehicle racial healing and reconciliation. Student participants from Hampton University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Norfolk State University engaged in an 18-month process that empowered them to create the docuseries "400 Years Latera?¦'free-ish."Registration for the summit is now open here; options are as follows:

Full Summit Registration

Fee: $20

Wednesday, September 25: Welcome reception, HBCU Storytellers film premiere and pre-film discussion

Thursday, September 26: All sessions taking place, choice of afternoon breakout session, lunch, choice of evening entertainment

Friday, September 27: All sessions taking place, lunch, film screening and conversation of "Ghosts of Amistad"

One-Day Summit Registration

Fee: $10

All sessions, lunch and entertainment for selected date

Complementary Student Registration

Wednesday, September 25: HBCU Storytellers film premiere and pre-film discussion

Thursday, September 26 and/or Friday, September 27: All daytime sessions

Thursday, September 26: Choice of breakout session and evening entertainment

Free Student Registration does not include: Welcome reception and lunches. Students will be required to show a valid and current student ID.

Registration add-on

Saturday, September 28, 2019: 2019 Making of America Tour

$25 per person a?? Includes round-trip transportation, attraction admission, snacks, and lunch.

The 1619: Making of America Summit speakers include:

Dr. Stephanie J. Richmond, Associate Professor of History Norfolk State University

Kathy Spangler, Executive Director, 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution

Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President, Norfolk State University

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Dean, Norfolk State University

Juan Williams, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Fox News Political Analyst & Award-Winning Columnist

Justin E. Fairfax, Lt. Governor of Virginia

Robert F. McDonnell, former Governor of Virginia

Mia Love, Former Representative, 4th Congressional District of Utah

Nate Parker, Actor, writer, director and producer

Brian Favors, Co-Founder Nate Parker Foundation

Dr. Rex M. Ellis, Former Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Edward L. Ayers, Professor, University of Richmond

David Bearinger, Director of Grants and Community Programs, Virginia Foundation for Humanities

Professor Michael A. Gomez, Silver Professor of History and Middle East and Islamic Studies, New York University

Barbara Hamm Lee, Executive Producer/Host, Another View, 89.5 WHRV-FM/WHRO Public Media

Lynette Allston, Chief, Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia

Jennifer L. McClellan, Virginia State Senator

Catherine Bainbridge, Co-Founder, Director, Producer, Rezolution Pictures

Ernest Webb, Co-Founder, Director, Producer, Rezolution Pictures

Dr. William White, Visiting Distinguished Scholar, Center for American Studies Christopher Newport University

Rev. Dr. Joanne M. Braxton, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor Emerita, College of William & Mary

Ric Murphy, National Vice President for History, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh

Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University

Robert L. Woodson, Sr., Founder & President, Woodson Center

For more information, a full list of speakers or to register, visit About the 2019 Commemoration
The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution highlights events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Featured programs, events and legacy projects will position Virginia as a leader in education, tourism and economic development. American Evolution commemorates the ongoing journey toward the key ideals of democracy, diversity and opportunity. Dominion Energy is an American Evolution Founding Partner and Altria Group and TowneBank are Virginia Colony Partners.For more information about the American Evolution's 2019 upcoming events, programs and educational initiatives, visit: 
Virginia's 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution Announces Speakers for 1619: Making Of America Summit At Norfolk State University
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