Loudoun Freedom Center

Loudoun Freedom Center The organization’s mission is to eliminate injustice and engender hope, understanding and reconciliation through STEM research and historical preservation
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FREE STEM CAMP ALERT:Thanks to the generosity of Loudoun Freedom Center donors, all Camp STEMulation Summer Camp program...
07/17/2021

FREE STEM CAMP ALERT:
Thanks to the generosity of Loudoun Freedom Center donors, all Camp STEMulation Summer Camp programs will be free this summer, in an effort to increase STEM interest in underrepresented communities! Share this opportunity and help us change lives in Loudoun! #BlackSTEMPipeline

2021 Summer Camps Dates:
July 19-23
1. Archaeology Camp (9am-12pm) Ages: 8-11

July 26-30
1. Historic Preservation/Public History Camp (9am-12pm) Ages: 8-11
2. Melodic Touch Band Camp (9am-4pm) Ages 8-11

Aug 02-06
1. Historic Preservation/Public History Camp (9am-12pm) Ages 8-11
2. Vacation Bible school (5pm-7pm) FREE
Ages 5-11

Aug 09-13
1. Math Boot Camp (9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm)
7th Grade - 12th Grade

Summer Camp Location:
43635 Greenway Corporate Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147

TO REGISTER ClLICK LINK BELOW
**Limited Seats Available, Register Now, message for volunteer opportunities**
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GAxR1FOrCT0RItdFnPnp3JCCeRbyuZir94sHf6NzkvA/edit?usp=sharing

FREE STEM CAMP ALERT:
Thanks to the generosity of Loudoun Freedom Center donors, all Camp STEMulation Summer Camp programs will be free this summer, in an effort to increase STEM interest in underrepresented communities! Share this opportunity and help us change lives in Loudoun! #BlackSTEMPipeline

2021 Summer Camps Dates:
July 19-23
1. Archaeology Camp (9am-12pm) Ages: 8-11

July 26-30
1. Historic Preservation/Public History Camp (9am-12pm) Ages: 8-11
2. Melodic Touch Band Camp (9am-4pm) Ages 8-11

Aug 02-06
1. Historic Preservation/Public History Camp (9am-12pm) Ages 8-11
2. Vacation Bible school (5pm-7pm) FREE
Ages 5-11

Aug 09-13
1. Math Boot Camp (9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm)
7th Grade - 12th Grade

Summer Camp Location:
43635 Greenway Corporate Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147

TO REGISTER ClLICK LINK BELOW
**Limited Seats Available, Register Now, message for volunteer opportunities**
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GAxR1FOrCT0RItdFnPnp3JCCeRbyuZir94sHf6NzkvA/edit?usp=sharing

Progress Alert: The Town of Leesburg Planning Commision endorces the Loudoun Freedom Center’s efforts to have the Histor...
07/17/2021
Leesburg Commission Endorses Union Street School Plans - Loudoun Now

Progress Alert:
The Town of Leesburg Planning Commision endorces the Loudoun Freedom Center’s efforts to have the Historic Union Street Segregated School rezoned for museum use and added to the Town’s historic district. Our Union Street Restoration Project is one step closer to being approved by the town! Next up, final zoning approval by the Town Council, then LFC acceptance into Resident Curator Program by Loudoun County Board of Supervisors!

An effort to preserve a historic Black school, and honor the students and educators who learned and worked there, was

Maryland archaeologist Elizabeth A. Comer, secretary of the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, which launched the proj...
07/10/2021
Faces of the dead emerge from lost African American graveyard

Maryland archaeologist Elizabeth A. Comer, secretary of the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, which launched the project, said of the deceased: “These people deserve what we’re now able to do.”

The bones of enslaved furnace workers tell the grim story of their lives.

Photos from Rizwan Jaka's post
06/15/2021

Photos from Rizwan Jaka's post

Got your marching shoes ready for Saturday, Juneteenth? RSVP today, shout out your organization and/or family and let us...
06/15/2021

Got your marching shoes ready for Saturday, Juneteenth? RSVP today, shout out your organization and/or family and let us know you’re coming! https://fb.me/e/1ox1u5vw2 #NAACPLoudoun #LoudounFreedomCenter #WeRemember #ReclaimingThePromiseOfFreedom

Got your marching shoes ready for Saturday, Juneteenth? RSVP today, shout out your organization and/or family and let us know you’re coming! https://fb.me/e/1ox1u5vw2 #NAACPLoudoun #LoudounFreedomCenter #WeRemember #ReclaimingThePromiseOfFreedom

Each One Teach One: History Of The Juneteenth fFag, which commemorates the day that slavery ended in the US. The red, wh...
06/10/2021

Each One Teach One:
History Of The Juneteenth fFag, which commemorates the day that slavery ended in the US. The red, white and blue represents the American flag, a reminder that slaves and their descendants were and are Americans. The star represents the freedom of African Americans in all 50 states.

Each One Teach One:
History Of The Juneteenth fFag, which commemorates the day that slavery ended in the US. The red, white and blue represents the American flag, a reminder that slaves and their descendants were and are Americans. The star represents the freedom of African Americans in all 50 states.

For everyone who’s has asked  “How can I Help”this weekend, here’s the official sign up genius for the Fitz Memorial 3 D...
06/01/2021
Fitz Alexander Campbell Thomas Anniversary Weekend Helpers

For everyone who’s has asked “How can I Help”
this weekend, here’s the official sign up genius for the Fitz Memorial 3 Day Celebration! Take a minute to sign up and let us know you’re coming! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4FADAE2DA6FEC52-fitz

Similar to many of the things Justice 4 Fitz does, celebrating Fitz this weekend would be impossible without the help of the community! So, please sign up for a role so that this weekend-long celebration can run smoothly. We appreciate and love you all!

We Remember!The Loudoun Freedom Center remember & honors America’s fallen soldiers and unsung heroes on Memorial Day!
05/31/2021

We Remember!
The Loudoun Freedom Center remember & honors America’s fallen soldiers and unsung heroes on Memorial Day!

We Remember!
The Loudoun Freedom Center remember & honors America’s fallen soldiers and unsung heroes on Memorial Day!

The Game Is Changing for Historians of Black America
05/12/2021
The Game Is Changing for Historians of Black America

The Game Is Changing for Historians of Black America

For centuries, stories of Black communities from the past have been limited by racism in the historical record. Now we can finally follow the trails they left behind.

GM Class of 2021,The F.A.C.T. Memorial Scholarship Portal is now open! In honor of the memory and legacy of Fitz, we loo...
03/05/2021
Thank You Fitz Scholars

GM Class of 2021,
The F.A.C.T. Memorial Scholarship Portal is now open!
In honor of the memory and legacy of Fitz, we look forward to supporting your educational dreams and changing the world together. #FitzScholars #LoudounFreedomCenter

Apply Now:
http://bit.ly/FitzScholars

Thank you to all our Fitz Scholars. We wish you the best of luck and will be in touch soon!

Hunger was the young Fred's faithful boyhood companion. "I have often been so pinched with hunger, that I have fought wi...
03/02/2021
Frederick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As A Weapon Of Control

Hunger was the young Fred's faithful boyhood companion. "I have often been so pinched with hunger, that I have fought with the dog – 'Old Nep' – for the smallest crumbs that fell from the kitchen table, and have been glad when I won a single crumb in the combat," he wrote in My Bo***ge and My Freedom. "Many times have I followed, with eager step, the waiting-girl when she went out to shake the table cloth, to get the crumbs and small bones flung out for the cats."

Hunger was Douglass' constant companion as a boy. As a young man, he escaped slavery and became a heroic abolitionist who revealed how food was a key tool in the immoral mechanics of slavery.

Stay Tuned Class of 2021 Seniors....The Loudoun Freedom Center is working hard to help you achieve your next level goals...
03/02/2021

Stay Tuned Class of 2021 Seniors....
The Loudoun Freedom Center is working hard to help you achieve your next level goals of academic or vocational success. We’re pleased to announce that the Fitz Alexander Campbell Thomas
Memorial Scholarship Portal will go live
Friday March 5,2021 at 8am!

Click here Friday, March 5, 2021 to apply and start your Journey of becoming a #FitzScholar: www.loudounFreedomcenter/FitzScholars

Stay Tuned Class of 2021 Seniors....
The Loudoun Freedom Center is working hard to help you achieve your next level goals of academic or vocational success. We’re pleased to announce that the Fitz Alexander Campbell Thomas
Memorial Scholarship Portal will go live
Friday March 5,2021 at 8am!

Click here Friday, March 5, 2021 to apply and start your Journey of becoming a #FitzScholar: www.loudounFreedomcenter/FitzScholars

Black History Sites in the DC Area
02/13/2021
Black History Sites in the DC Area

Black History Sites in the DC Area

Celebrate Black History Month and African American history and culture in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC area. A guide to attractions, museums, and historic sites in the Capital Region.

#IAmBlackHistoryThe Loudoun Freedom Center Celebrates Black History Month with a special presentation of “The Ties That ...
02/05/2021

#IAmBlackHistory
The Loudoun Freedom Center Celebrates Black History Month with a special presentation of “The Ties That Bind: The Untold African American History of Loudoun County ” at Ashby Ponds Senior Living in Ashburn, Va.

Pastor Michelle C. Thomas takes residents on a Virtual Journey To Freedom as she shares some of the exclusive research from her in-depth study of the former Lee Family Slave Plantations, now known as Lansdowne On The Potomac and Belmont Country Club.

In celebration of black history month let’s challenge our leaders to address the vaccine disparities in the African Amer...
02/04/2021
Vaccine disparities remain across DMV

In celebration of black history month let’s challenge our leaders to address the vaccine disparities in the African American community, find a way to remove the barriers of structural and systemic racism and get shots in the arms of black people!

D.C. will release new vaccine appointments geared toward those living in wards disproportionately affected by COVID-19. But the District - like the rest of the DMV region - is still grappling with a pronounced low number of minorities getting vaccinated. Loudoun County NAACP President Pastor Michell...

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: History is now: What is America’s story?. After registering, you will receiv...
02/03/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: History is now: What is America’s story?. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: History is now: What is America’s story?. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in a conversation moderated by PBS Correspondent Amna Nawaz on the making of cultural memory and the role of memory in shaping how we as nations, communities, and individuals understand ourselves. In light...

Join the Loudoun Freedom center in Celebrating Black History Month by uplifting black excellence, resilience and more. 2...
02/02/2021

Join the Loudoun Freedom center in Celebrating Black History Month by uplifting black excellence, resilience and more.

2021 Theme: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

Join the Loudoun Freedom center in Celebrating Black History Month by uplifting black excellence, resilience and more.

2021 Theme: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

The 2nd Day of Kwanzaa Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah): Self determination to define ourselves, name ourselves, c...
12/27/2020

The 2nd Day of Kwanzaa Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah): Self determination to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

Happy Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States that honors African heritage in African-Ameri...
12/27/2020

Happy Kwanzaa!
Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States that honors African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January 1st, and culminates in gift giving and a big feast.

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa or Umoja, meaning Unity in Swahili. May we all strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and world.

On Monday December 28th, the Loudoun Freedom Center will proudly enter the names of 100 enslaved men, women and children...
12/27/2020
Newest phase of massive slavery database welcomes public contribution

On Monday December 28th, the Loudoun Freedom Center will proudly enter the names of 100 enslaved men, women and children from the former Lee owned Coton and Belmont Plantations into Michigan State University's searchable database containing millions of records cataloging the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants. www.Enslaved.org is launching a second phase of their expansive database that will accept contributions from the public and from academic researchers. #HourneyOfAForensicHistorian

Michigan State University's searchable database containing millions of records cataloging the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants — Enslaved.org — is launching a second phase that will accept contributions from the public and from academic researchers.

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton
11/09/2020

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

I participated in a wreath laying and commemoration ceremony at the burial ground for the enslaved at Belmont this afternoon.

I’ve been proud to work with Pastor Michelle Thomas and the Loudoun Freedom Center to help protect and preserve the burial ground.

The African American Burial Ground For The Enslaved at Belmont remains one of the most valuable cultural resources and i...
11/01/2020

The African American Burial Ground For The Enslaved at Belmont remains one of the most valuable cultural resources and important public landscapes of Loudoun County. The Loudoun Freedom Center’s goal is to always preseve and protect the sacred burial grounds at Belmont and avoid catastrophic damage to historic indigenous plantings, cultural resources and the cultural landscapes that makes this one of a kind piece of history so special! In consideration of our preservation best practices, we have rescheduled our 6th Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony & Walking Tour to November 8, 2020 at 2pm! Please make plans to join us next week!

Special thanks to Preservation Virginia, Loudoun County and Virginia State experts and the hosts of participants who att...
10/15/2020

Special thanks to Preservation Virginia, Loudoun County and Virginia State experts and the hosts of participants who attended the virtual preservation symposium! Please continue to support our preservation efforts and follow our work at the Loudoun Freedom Center!

“JUST EAST OF LEESBURG, VIRGINIA, next to a heavily trafficked six-lane highway, is a plot of overgrown and scrubby wood...
08/05/2020
Belmont Enslaved Cemetery

“JUST EAST OF LEESBURG, VIRGINIA, next to a heavily trafficked six-lane highway, is a plot of overgrown and scrubby wooded land that went unnoticed for years by passersby. That is until Reverend Michelle C. Thomas took notice while delving into Loudoun County land records researching potential building sites for her church. She discovered that the parcel of land had been a burial ground for the Belmont and Coton plantations’ enslaved populations.”

The largest slave cemetery in Loudoun County was almost lost to history if not for the research of a minister.

NAACP Loudoun Branch
07/16/2020

NAACP Loudoun Branch

Future Loudoun NAACP Youth Members - now's your time to get involved! For a limited time, all youth membership fees will be waived. Email [email protected] to sign up today!!

Happy Juneteenth!
06/20/2020

Happy Juneteenth!

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From the Inalienable Rights to the Inalienable Challenge: America’s Pursuit of the Fulfillment of Freedom: A Guidebook for Leadership” By Dr. George P. Banks This book is available at the following Amazon Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08C3VLBLQ?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860 “With Effectiveness we defeat racism:” A companion Guide to: From the Inalienable Rights to the Inalienable Challenge By: Dr. George P. Banks This Guide is available at the following Amazon Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LJXP873
Help! I can't find this place! I saw 2 signs but no entrance. I'd like to visit today, even if I have to stay in my car. My phone GPS was no good, neither is the web directions. 😟
Help! I can't find the Belmont cemetery! I have been circling around Belmont to no success!
History Throwback...... Loudoun's first public ex*****on occurred this week back in 1768. Three Slaves were hanged.
Hello everyone. Hope to see you this Saturday (11-7)and 12/1 "First Friday" (5-?)
Today's event has been cancelled by Pastor Michelle C. Thomas due to the threat of thunderstorms. Please help us spread the word. The weather forecast has continued to change. Rain we can manage but thunder and lightening aren not safe. Even rescheduled to November 12. More info to follow.
WHAT WE BLACKS NEED TO DO Back to School---The Parents Responsibilities PROBLEMS: “Some” parents never meet their children’s teachers, attend PTA meetings, monitor homework assignments, discuss report cards, or monitor what their children wear to school. They don’t know how many credits are needed to graduate or how many their children have. They also leave too many important future planning decisions up to the school system and their children. SOLUTIONS: NOTE: If your plan is for one-year plant rice, three years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate your children. Confucius. 1. Buy only the clothes you can afford for your children. Remind them that they will be briskly walking down the hall in a school not sashaying down a fashion runway. Save some money for college or trade school. 2. Take your children to open house and meet all their teachers. 3. Your children’s school day should be the main topic of conversation at the dinner table every school night. Go through their daily schedule, ask them two questions. What did you learn today and do you have any homework? If their answers are repeatedly “nothing” and “no homework”, it is time for you to contact their teachers. 4. Put the dates of the interim reports and reports cards on your refrigerator calendar. Have a sit down one- on- one detailed discussion with your children about both. It is very important that you let them talk and defend their position. 5. Plan to have two hours each school night where you and your household have a lockdown. Cut off all electrical or battery-operated TVs, gaming devices and phones. Use that enrichment time for homework, reading, writing and family discussions. 6. Never give up on your children. Keep encouraging them to respect themselves and others. Teach them how to take notes and study. After you have constructively criticized them, help them find a solution to that problem. Remember, if you watch your children for a long period of time, they will do something wrong and something right. Catch them doing something right each day and give them a big hug as you praise them for doing well. Age and size does not matter; they are still your “baby”!!! 7. Take the time and have your children teach you how to use the Internet. You must monitor what they are reading, watching, writing sending, and receiving pictures on line. No secret password for children in your “home”. 8. Buy a one-year subscription to your local Black Newspaper. Some cost less than $40 a year (4 large pizzas that will last about 15 minutes). This should be among the first reading materials you put in your home library. 9. In order for you to help your high school child follow the right educational track, you must know the answers to the questions below. If you don’t know, have your child and the school counselor guide you. A. How many credits does your child need in each of the following subjects to graduate: English____? Math___? Science___? Social Studies____? Health & PE___? Second Language_____? Computer Skills____? Electives____? B. How many does he or she have? C. What is his or her grade point average? D. What is his or her best subject? E. What is his or her ranking in the class? F. What is the grade point average required for the State University system? Community College? Trade School? 10. Bullying is a serious problem in every school and grade level. It can be face to face by text or on the internet. You need to have a discussion with your children on a plan of action telling them what to do and who to tell when it happens. Being able to quickly tell the names of the starting five on the NBA champions Golden State Warriors or the main characters in the many dramas on the Oprah Winfrey Network is good for sports entertainment conversation only. Meeting, learning the names and communicating with the five or more teachers that will teach your children this first semester is “priceless”. These are the people you must know. This is the parent’s responsibility!!! 3 John 1:4 -I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth. James J. Hankins is a graduate of “all Black” Williston Senior High School, three-year U.S. Army veteran stationed in Germany, A&T State University alumna, retired vocational education teacher, past president of the New Hanover County Branch NAACP, seven years as construction manager of Youth Build Wilmington, NC, charter member Friends of Abraham Galloway and author of the book “What We Blacks Need To Do; To comment on his commentary or buy his book. E-mail him at [email protected] IF YOU AGREE WITH THIS, PLEASE COPY AND SHARE!!!