America to Me: Race, Equity and Education

Join the Hampton Roads Community Foundation for a special Understanding Hampton Roads forum exploring racial equity in education. We will examine the intersection of race, equity and education through the lens of the America To Me documentary and Hampton Roads panel discussion. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6 p.m. - Check in
7 p.m. - Documentary Screening*
8 p.m. - Panel Discussion

L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504
NSU parking map

Admission is free, but registration is required and seating is limited.
Register by March 26.

Register here

The 10-part documentary series America To Me provides an inside look into Oak Park and River Forest High School in suburban Chicago. Produced and directed by Steve James, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and James Madison University alumnus, the series examines racial inequities within the educational system.

*Note: The documentary contains some adult language. 

The forum at the Wilder Center will show the first episode and include a discussion featuring two of the documentary's stars -- Ke'Shawn Kumsa and his mom Danielle Robinson:


Plus, you will hear from Hampton Roads' own:


Viviana Andrade-Fullwood,
Owner of All Academics Plus


Myaah Hayes,
Norfolk State University student


Rodney Jordan,
Board member of Norfolk Public Schools


Dr. Aaron Spence,
Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools


Moderator: Barbara Hamm Lee,
Host of WHRV's Another View


Learn More About Our Panel

About Understanding Hampton Roads


Understanding Hampton Roads is the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s effort to advance civic engagement in Southeastern Virginia. It includes forums on key topics to help build understanding and inspire action that brings people together to help improve life in our region.

Event Host

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider. It has awarded more than $280 million since 1950 to make life better in Hampton Roads. The community foundation’s vision is a thriving community with opportunity for all.

Presenting Sponsor


Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials.

Event Partner


Norfolk State University is a comprehensive urban public institution committed to transforming the lives of generations of students and alumni who have gone on to rewarding lives and careers, often exceeding their own expectations. The university's Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College also is a partner in the forum. It provides an enhanced academic experience and lively sense of community for high-ability NSU students in and across all the disciplines.