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America to Me Close-up: Myaah Hayes
By Sally Hartman / March 15, 2019
On April 2, 2019 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation will bring the community a special screening of the new America to Me documentary to Norfolk State University’s L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. This will be the second Understanding Hampton Roads forum sponsored by the community foundation in its quest to advance civic engagement in southeastern Virginia.

The forum is hosted by the community foundation in partnership with NSU and its Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College. Norfolk Southern Corporation is presenting sponsor.

Following the 7 p.m. April 2 screening of a documentary filmed in a Chicago area high school, the event will culminate with a dynamic panel discussion. It will feature a diverse group of Hampton Road representatives who will explore the intersection of race, equity and education locally. Barbara Hamm Lee, host of WHRV's Another View will moderate. We invite you to learn more about one of our panelists in this close-up:

Myaah Hayes is a junior in Norfolk State University's Robert C. Nusbaum Jr. Honors College studying psychology and English. She grew up in Norfolk and graduated in 2016 from Norview High School. She plans to become an autistic resource teacher and a clinical psychologist.

She has worked as a teaching assistant at the Academy for Discovery at Lakewood, a public school for grades three through eight. She is passionate about helping others and helping marginalized groups gain better representation. In the summer of 2018 Hayes participated in the University of California at Santa Barbara’s HBCU Scholars in Linguistics Program, which helps researchers better understand African-American language, culture and community.

Q: What are you most looking forward as it relates to this event?
I’m excited to share my personal perspective as a Norfolk native who has experienced Hampton Roads and its education system firsthand. My hope is that this discussion will serve as a catalyst for change and inspire others to get involved in the community.

Learn more and register now to come on April 2 to this special Understanding Hampton Roads event designed to help inspire action that brings people together to help improve life in our region.



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