Diversity and Ethnicity

It’s been more than 20 years since construction workers at Virginia Commonwealth University unearthed the remains of about fifty people in an old well near the Medical College of Virginia.  Historians believe they were the bones of former slaves, whose bodies were stolen from local cemeteries for dissection by medical students. 


In recent years, as the National Park Service has faced deep funding cuts and a stagnant number of visitors, the country's demographic changes have made its problems more pronounced.

Most visitors to National Parks are white, and increasingly, they're also older.  For instance,  Virginia’s  Shenandoah National Park is one of the nation’s most visited and accessible parks, yet recent research out of the University of Idaho indicates that 92% of visitors in 2011 were white.  

Cityworks (X)po: Big Ideas for Better Places

Sep 29, 2014

CityWorks (X)po starts this week in downtown Roanoke.  It’s an annual event, a summit actually, for people passionate about creating vibrant and dynamic communities.

CityWorks (X)po is dubbed as a place-making event—bringing together entrepreneurs, community organizers…really, anyone interested in boosting connectivity within and between localities.

This year's speakers include new media scholars, investors, authors, a chef, experts in recreation and transportation.

Inside Out

Sep 16, 2013

The faces of immigration reform can be seen on the outside of a downtown Roanoke building.

Three foot high photos of men, women, boys and girls, are glued onto the wall in nice, neat rows.  It’s part of the Inside Out 11M Public Art Project.  The 11 M stands for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U. S. 

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

Jun 18, 2013

It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51st Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.

80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.

Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.  Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.

The Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello, presided over by the Western District Court of Virginia, is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the country.