|Date||Saturday, June 18th, 2022|
|Event Name||Ascendant: The Power of Descendant Communities to Shape Our Stories, Places, and Future|
|Venue||Monticello’s West Lawn|
|Address||931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy|
|Location||Charlottesville, VA, United States|
|Venue Phone||+1 (434) 984-9800|
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello will host Ascendant: The Power of Descendant Communities to Shape Our Stories, Places, and Future. This is a public program in recognition of Juneteenth that specifically aims to uplift descendant voices that have often been marginalized, or left out completely. The event will be a thoughtful space for descendants of Monticello’s enslaved families, thought leaders, writers, artists, and historians to discuss the importance of descendant voices in the telling of American history.
With 1,000 anticipated attendees, Ascendant will be hosted on Monticello’s West Lawn and will consist of musical performances, poetry, and panel discussions, featuring filmmaker Ava DuVernay, The Atlantic writer Clint Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed, musician Wynton Marsalis, and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, to name a few, all in conversation with Getting Word descendants.