Thank you for being part of the VAACC family. By grace, we are all living healthy and peaceful lives, amidst the multiple viruses, but there are families around our region and the Commonwealth living in dire situations, especially the children who may not get a special gift to put smiles on their faces. Therefore, we decided to bless others by giving unwrapped toys to the Marines Toys Tots Foundation drive. Every small act of kindness amplifies the true meaning of the season - love and sharing.
Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond
Founder and Chairman
As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holidays, please, let us be filled with the attitude of gratitude. I am grateful for being alive to enjoy another day and give the gift of a smile to someone who just passed my way. I honestly believe we can accomplish all we want in life when we give something of ourselves to others. Through this powerful energy of giving, the universe always reciprocates because you gave from the heart.
A year ago, we, like so many organizations, faced uncertainty and were financially impacted due to the pandemic. But, with perseverance and determination, we kept the spirit and passion of our cause alive. VAACC Board Members creatively sewed face masks and participated in a virtual Giving Tuesday fundraiser to purchase additional PPEs for our marginalized communities. We braved the elements to distribute them to healthcare facilities, a senior center, the homeless and a church feeding station for local youths. During these activities, two anonymous quotes helped to keep our momentum going: “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late,” and, “What you make happen for others, the universe makes happen for you.”
Today, we are incredibly grateful for the gifts that continue to come in through memberships, sponsors, donors, grants, and state-wide organizations. These gifts of love have impacted our work. In return, our virtual six-part Artists Masterpiece series is our gift to the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Our first two Artists' series received rave reviews, but the third will have you rocking to the AFROFUTURISM: Holiday Music Culture of Maestro Dunn Pearson, affectionately known as "Black Beethoven".
This issue of our newsletter gives gratitude to VAACC's newest donors and members. You will also enjoy our spotlight on a successful, black-owned business nurtured by love from Fredericksburg, Va. Together we can make this a memorable Thanksgiving by spreading the joy of giving.
Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond
Founder and Chairman
Greetings to our Virginia African American Cultural Center family!
For everything there is a season and as the summer blends into fall, I can’t help but recall that on Sept. 24, 2016, we launched our first community engagement event called the “Blessing of the Land.” Even though it was on the same day as the grand opening of the National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., we had a large audience of community leaders, local and regional politicians, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, storytellers, artists, African drummers, and youth. Since then, we have continued to maintain a presence in the community. Each new season brings another opportunity to share, grow and learn from each other and spread our vision to be the statewide leader in generating historical and cultural content through programs, artistic performances, and curated exhibits.
Pilot program expands broadband access, serves as beacon of light to combat digital disparities
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The City recently installed two solar-powered smart poles as part of a larger initiative to expand broadband access and affordability. The current locations, Pungo-Blackwater Library and the future site of the Virginia African American Cultural Center (VAACC), are situated in underserved communities.
NORFOLK, Va. — Inspired by the events at the Capitol on January 6, organizer Karen Moultrie wanted to show that community unity is all around us.
“I feel like the narrative is we are divided, and I don’t think that we are. This is about togetherness and oneness,” said Moultrie.
As I look around and quietly watch the autumn leaves display their colorful hues of brown, yellow, red, and orange, it reminds me of the wonder of how their collective differences coexist. During this historic turn of events, cloaked in uncertainty, we must give thanks for the resilience of humanity. Our willingness as humans to reach out to help others, whether a single soul, a community, or an organization like ours, is alive and well. Seeing this outpouring of care has empowered us to stay the course, knowing that our mission is timeless.