Diversity and Ethnicity http://wvtf.org en Inside Out http://wvtf.org/post/inside-out <p>The faces of immigration reform can be seen on the outside of a downtown Roanoke building.</p><p>Three foot high photos of men, women, boys and girls, are glued onto the wall in nice, neat rows.&nbsp; It’s part of the Inside Out 11M Public Art Project.&nbsp; The 11 M stands for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U. S.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:32:35 +0000 Beverly Amsler 10554 at http://wvtf.org Inside Out Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony http://wvtf.org/post/independence-day-naturalization-ceremony <p>It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51<sup>st</sup> Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.</p><p>80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.</p><p>Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.&nbsp; Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:24:28 +0000 Connie Stevens 6268 at http://wvtf.org Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony In Memory of a Civil Rights Activist http://wvtf.org/post/memory-civil-rights-activist <p>One of the nation’s most controversial artists has announced a surprising new work. It's a&nbsp; living tribute to W.E.B. Dubois. Carrie Mae Weems is a photographer who has reached back in history to honor millions of people who never got their due – women, people of color, and now the early civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois.&nbsp;</p><p>On the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of his death, she began thinking about her favorite flower – and an unusual way to preserve the memory of Dubois.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:55:48 +0000 Sandy Hausman 6006 at http://wvtf.org In Memory of a Civil Rights Activist Blue Ridge Swim Club Celebrates a Century http://wvtf.org/post/blue-ridge-swim-club-celebrates-century <p>This weekend, Charlottesville celebrates a surprising birthday and is inviting the public to a party.</p><p>Even for residents of nearby Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Swim Club may be a surprise – a one-of-a-kind place where cicadas, tree frogs and birds provide a natural soundtrack.&nbsp;</p><p>At the end of an unpaved, single lane off Owensville Road in Ivy, you park in the grass and follow a winding path down a hill, through a forest of old growth trees to a fresh water pool the length of a football field. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:10:37 +0000 Sandy Hausman 5571 at http://wvtf.org Blue Ridge Swim Club Celebrates a Century Federal Recognition for VA's Indian Tribes http://wvtf.org/post/federal-recognition-vas-indian-tribes <p>A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers is fighting to win federal recognition of six tribes in the commonwealth.</p><p>The tribes have treaties dating back to the 1600s. But there 's a catch: the agreements are with the King of England. Even now, the UK recognizes and honors these American tribes, while the US government doesn't. That's partly because in 1924, a law was passed that declared Virginia contained no Native Americans and wiped the commonwealth's record books of their history.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Matt Laslo 4917 at http://wvtf.org Federal Recognition for VA's Indian Tribes