Sylvester Johnson, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture and director of the Center for Humanities, was awarded $2,500 from the Virginia Humanities Foundation for a collaborative public humanities summit between Virginia Union University (VUU) and Virginia Tech titled “Addressing Inequality: History, Social Disparity, and the Beloved Community Initiative.”

Johnson serves as principal investigator and Ralph Hall, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), as co-principal investigator.

The event will take place at VUU’s Richmond campus in November and is part of SPIA’s Beloved Community Initiative to advance more effective strategies to address inequality in Virginia.