Moton Museum To Present 'Growing Solutionist' Forum

Published 4:16 pm Thursday, November 10, 2011

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m., the Gloucester Institute and The Robert Russa Moton Museum will present the “2011 Grow-ing Solutionist Moton Forum,” to be held at the Robert Russa Moton Museum, 900 Griffin Boulevard, Farmville. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is sponsoring the event. The Honorable Ron Dellums, vice chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies and Daphne Reid, owner of New Millennium Studios in Petersburg will be honored.

Dellums will be honored for his leadership as a U.S. Member of the House of Representatives and mayor of Oakland, CA, as well as his leadership with fighting Apartheid. Mrs. Reid will be honored for her work and leadership in the entertainment in-dustry as an actress, business owner, and model; she will also be recognized for her philanthropic work and vision for The Vir-ginia Scholarship and Youth Development Foundation.

Ron Dellums will be the featured speaker, addressing modern day solutions for present day racial issues that continue to leave a negative impact on our educational, economic and social environments. The story of Barbara Johns (the young Ameri-can civil rights hero who in 1951, at the age of 16, campaigned for the integration of Moton High School in Farmville, Prince Edward County) will be used as the backdrop for the 2011 Growing Solutionist Moton Forum and participants will be encour-aged to rally together to fight for common goals of equality.

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The Robert Russa Moton Museum is a nonprofit educational institute and history museum located in Farmville, housed in the former Robert Russa Moton High School, now a national historic monument. The Gloucester Institute is a nonprofit leadership institution located in Gloucester.