Not in Our Town staff is gearing up for some big events in Morgantown and Charleston, WV next week. In the meantime, we offer a tip of the hat to folks at West Virginia University (in Morgantown), who have put together the "One WVU" campaign that celebrates the diversity on campus and makes clear that bigotry will not be tolerated.
The campaign was initiated by WVU soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc. The coach responded to an incident where one of his team's players, who is black, was showered with racial epithets by youth in a passing car. The One WVU campaign has been embraced by university authorities who now sponsor an annual diversity week that boasts more than 40 events. The videos below were produced by the One WVU campaign.
Patrice O'Neill, executive producer of the Working Group, will travel the state to talk about creative efforts to build safe, hate-free communities.
Where: WVU Mountainlair Gluck Theater
When: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
When: Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Where: 3 p.m. Charleston Area Alliance, 1116 Smith Street
Where: 7 p.m. YWCA of Charleston, 1114 Quarrier St.