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The 12th Annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium

The Time is Now: The Lives of Black Men Past, Present, and Future
March 25-26, 2022
This event will take place both in person and virtually. 
  • IN PERSON: Register here if you would like to attend the event in-person. All in-person events will be held at the School of Education, unless noted.
  • VIRTUAL: To attend the Symposium virtually, you must register for each individual panel. Virtual registration links are below on the right.
View the official program
*Corrections to Official Program:
  • Closing remarks are from 3:15-3:30 p.m. on Saturday
  • Talent Showcase starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday

Friday, March 25, 2022

In-person location Virtual Registration
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Check-In for In-Person Participants
8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Welcome by Dr. Jody Allen Matoaka Woods 
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session- The TIme is Now: The Lives of Black Men Past, Present, and Future
Matoaka Woods  Join Plenary Panel webinar
10:30 a.m. Brief Remarks by Provost Peggy Agouris Matoaka Woods 
10:35 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Rooms Matoaka Woods, Holly Zoom link will be shared during Plenary Session
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Future of Ethnic Studies Panel, co-sponsored by the Asian Centennial 

Dogwood Zoom registration
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Matoaka Woods & Holly
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Panel 1: African American History - Oral history, Genealogy, and Performance 

Holly Zoom registration
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Panel 2: Identity, Transformation, Reclamation 

Dogwood Zoom registration
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Panel 3: Black Male Well-Being 

Holly Zoom registration
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Panel 4: Justice, Belonging, Autonomy 

Dogwood Zoom registration
4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Introduction by Dr. Jajuan Johnson

Keynote Speaker Dr. Tommy Curry

Matoaka Woods Join Dr. Tommy Curry webinar

Saturday, March 26, 2022

In-person location
Virtual Registration

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Check-In for In-Person Participants Lobby

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome by Justin Reid '09 Matoaka Woods

9:00 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.

Introduction by Dr. Jody Allen

Keynote Speaker Kiese Laymon

Matoaka Woods Join Kiese Laymon webinar

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Panel 5. Black Men Navigating and Shattering Stereotypes 

Holly Zoom registration

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Panel 6. African American History - Freedom, Ingenuity, Legacy 

Dogwood Zoom registration

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Rooms and Lunch Matoaka Woods, Dogwood, & Holly

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Panel 7. Roundtable with Highland’s Council of Descendant Advisors 

Holly Zoom registration

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Panel 9. (In)Valuable: Black Boys at the Williamsburg Bray School, 1762

Dogwood Zoom registration
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Panel 10. Interrogating the Narrative of “the Fear of Black Men” as a Defense for the Unjust Killing of Black Males in America 

Dogwood Zoom registration
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Panel 11. Black Male Supervisors Navigating Racial Battle Fatigue in the Workplace 

Holly Zoom registration
3:15 pm - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks  

Matoaka Woods
7:00 p.m.

Performance Art event, with MC Kiese Laymon

Register here to perform!

Reveley Garden (Rain location: Sadler Center Lodge 1) No virtual component

Directions to School of Education

Thank you to the following departments/programs for their generous support of this symposium:

  • Africana Studies/Reves Center for International Relations
  • American Studies
  • The Asian Centennial and the Committee for the Asian Centennial
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Special Collections Research Center, W&M Libraries

For questions about The Lemon Project Symposium, email Lemon Project Associate Director Sarah Thomas at [[w|lemon]]. 


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