"No one experiences a place in the same way. We perceive a place through our own history and relationship to that place, including our racial and cultural experiences and those of our ancestors. That is why, when it comes to learning African American history and bridging divides, we have a lot of gaps to fill in.
And that is why the Blue Ridge Leader is dedicating this and our next two issues to Loudoun County’s black history with the aim of shedding light on our community today. We hope you will use the information, links, and stories here as jumping off points for conversations in your classrooms, churches, and civic groups. This information comes primarily from the works and website of the Friends of Thomas Balch Library’s Black History Committee."
Learning about the past helps us understand the present By Laura Longley “It’s always a question of education.” L. Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor and former mayor of Rich…