Virginia NAACP Virtual Media Preview for 127 Years Later: Still Fighting Jim Crow an Education and Civil Rights Symposium

The Virginia State Conference NAACP (Virginia NAACP) hosted a media preview for its Education and Civil Rights Symposium that will be held this week Wednesday, May 17, 2023, from 10 am – 3 pm at the Hippodrome Theater in Richmond, Virginia.

The event is open to the public. To register, please visit The symposium will raise awareness about the continuous issues in education that need to be resolved and commemorate the 69th Anniversary of Brown V. Board of Education. The agenda for Wednesday’s event can be found here.

During the press conference, the following Virginia NAACP members provided an overview of the Education and Civil Rights Symposium:

  • Robert N. Barnette, Jr., President of Virginia NAACP
  • Gaylene Kanoyoton, Chair of the Political Action Committee
  • Karen Campblin, Chair of the ECJ Committee
  • Tyee Mallory, Legislative Coordinator
  • Karen Jones, Director of Administration

Robert N. Barnette, Jr., Virginia NAACP President, states:

“The Virginia State Conference has been at the forefront of fighting for equality and equity in schools in Virginia. Instrumental to the Brown decision was Davis v. County School Board in Prince Edward County. We cannot forget the bravery of these students, their parents, and the community.”

From the reimagining of history to the removal of books from libraries to the lack of adequate funding, Virginia is positioning itself as a leader in destroying public education. The Virginia State Conference will be on the front lines to ensure that every student can access quality teaching, equitable resources, and a safe learning environment from grade school classrooms to college campuses.

The Virginia NAACP will continue to fight for legislation that closes the economic and education gaps for Black Virginians by addressing systemic racism and racial equity.

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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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