YWCA of Central Virginia Racial Justice Program

The YWCA of Central Virginia's Racial Justice Program promotes racial justice and harmony through conversation and education about race related topics in the Central Virginia area.

Mission: YWCA of Central Virginia is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.


This page will be closing Jan 31, 2018. Please refer to YWCA of Central Virginia for current events and notices.

Many Voices - One Community
Many Voices - One Community

Many Voices - One Community

Conference agenda and session descriptions are available on our website at www.mvocva.com. Conference Schedule also available on EventsXD mobile app (login required).



YWCA works at the intersection of racial justice and gender justice every day, serving over 530,000 survivors every year throughout the country. This work motivates us to be even more committed to our mission.

"We know first-hand that there can be no gender justice without racial justice and that empowering all women makes racial justice work necessary and imperative."

John Pavlovitz
John Pavlovitz

John Pavlovitz

"Privilege simply is.

You are privileged whether you believe it or not. The way the world sees you has made a difference since the day you showed up on the planet. Your pigmentation has come with certain advantages and exempted you from specific obstacles and there’s simply no way around it."

The New York Times
The New York Times

The New York Times

For every $100 in white family wealth, black families hold $5.04.

The News & Advance


“… I know there has to be people who feel like I do, [who] feel like things should be better. We should be able to talk," said Michelline Hall, marketing director of Blackwater Branding.

History Department at Virginia Tech
History Department at Virginia Tech

History Department at Virginia Tech

The Mapping Inequality project that Dr. Dale Winling and his colleagues have created continues to shine in scholarly use and media attention. A post by the New York Times Upshot Blog, which reports on a recent paper by a group of Chicago Federal reserve economists who worked with the project’s maps and data to analyze the effects of HOLC redlining. Click the link below to read the post.

Many Voices - One Community
Many Voices - One Community

Many Voices - One Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Many Voices One Community (MVOC) is now accepting proposals for presentations at the Fifth Annual Race, Poverty, and Social Justice Conference(RPSJ), scheduled for Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. The 2017 conference theme is Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Justice. The proposal deadline is Monday, September 11th.

YWCA of Central Virginia
YWCA of Central Virginia

YWCA of Central Virginia

Do you enjoy shopping and supporting a great cause? Even if you don't need a wedding dress, you can still support the YWCA. It's Amazon Prime Day! When shopping at Amazon, please shop through Amazon Smiles Foundation, and support the YWCA of Central Virginia. We get .05% of purchases. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0506490


We are at the Legacy Museum Activity Center right now! Join us as we walk and have our discussion today.


We are pleased to partner with Legacy Museum of African American History for our 19th Annual Side by Side for Racial Justice and Harmony Walk on Saturday, June 3rd at noon!

We will have a brief march for racial justice starting and finishing at the museum (located at 403 Monroe Street, downtown Lynchburg) then have lunch while Leslie King, a former YWCA of Central Virginia Board Chair, speaks on the subject "Whose Lives Matter? A Conversation on Contemporary Civil Rights."

This event is free and open to the public. Personal signs promoting racial justice and equality are encouraged. Lunch will be provided by the YWCA. Event will take place rain or shine.

Give us a call at 434-847-7751 for more information.


March is Women's History Month

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” ― Audre Lorde

Today is The National Day of Racial Healing? What do you think will heal the divides?
National Day of Racial Healing

Today is The National Day of Racial Healing?

What do you think will heal the divides?

An annual day to call for racial healing, celebrate our common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.

YWCA of Central Virginia

YWCA of Central Virginia

There has been an extension for registering to vote in the state of Virginia. The new deadline is Friday, October 21st at 11:59 p.m. You can register online or fill out the form and mail it with the postmark of Friday's date.


Join us for our 18th annual Side by Side for Racial Justice and Harmony Walk on Wednesday, March 16th at noon at 626 Church Street, downtown Lynchburg. Our speaker will be Dr. Jay McClain, Assistant Superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools. He will speak on "Stepping It Up: Efforts to Achieve Racial Equity in Lynchburg City Schools." A light lunch will be provided by the YWCA and our partner Many Voices - One Community.


Have you read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates? Join us this Wednesday at noon at the YWCA for a book discussion guided by Royal Shirée. A light lunch will be provided by the YWCA and Many Voices One Community.

Don't have the book yet? Come to the discussion and pick up a hardback copy on your way out for only $10!


Join us tomorrow at noon for a Racial Justice Luncheon event. Dr. Tracy Richardson, Principal of E.C. Glass High School, will share "My Story: A Personal and Professional Journey". The YWCA and our partner Many Voices - One Community will be providing a light lunch free of charge!

YWCA of Central Virginia

Join us next Thursday and Friday for these racial justice events!

In commemoration of the YWCA USA’s National Day to eliminate racism, the YWCA of Central Virginia will hold two May events in support of racial justice.
Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Karenne Wood, Director of the Virginia Indian Heritage Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, will give a presentation titled: “How! and Other Approaches to American Indians”. This event will be held in room 5122 of Merritt Hall at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC), 3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg. Please park in the student parking lot.
Friday, May 4th at noon, the 14th annual Side by Side for Racial Justice and Harmony Walk will occur at the YWCA, 626 Church Street, downtown Lynchburg. After the ten-minute walk downtown, there will be an activity featured from the Many Voices One Community study circles and an open dialogue on race will be encouraged. Please do not park in the Bank of the James parking lot.
Both events are free to the public. Light refreshments will be served and YWCA Centennial T-shirts will be available for purchase. For more information, please call 434-847-7751.


626 Church St
Lynchburg, VA


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