Experiences in Race: Storytelling in a Judgement Free Zone

The City of Alexandria has been constantly evolving since it’s foundation in 1749. Our community has come a long way from being host to slave trades to the enactment of policies aiming to removing the barriers of participation with the goal of achieving racial and social equity. However, this process has not been exempted from its own challenges. The conversation about race continues to impact how we live, engage, and thrive as a community.

For February, Agenda Alexandria will invite a diverse panel of Alexandrians to share personal experiences dealing with race in the Port City. These residents will be joined by a racial equity facilitator to help navigate differences, common questions, and lessons around race and how we can work to dismantle systemic racism in our own community.

Have you always found it difficult to talk about race? Then this discussion may be the judgement free zone you need to understand the why some of your neighbors view racial issues so differently in Alexandria and our society at large.


  • Vaughn Ambrose, Teacher/Performing Artist/Entrepreneur
  • Rosa Byrd, Community Activist, Living Legend
  • Frank Fannon, Former City Councilmember
  • Fernando M. Torrez, Entrepreneur, Air Force Veteran
  • Whitney Parnell, Racial Equity & Allyship Facilitator
  • Chris Lewis, Moderator


Click here to register

If you are attending in person, you are cordially invited for a brief social gathering at 6:30pm prior to the start of the program.

(If you are a paying dues member, you do not need to register again)


Welcome to Agenda: Alexandria, Alexandria’s premier organization exploring the issues that our City and our community face.  Join us for our monthly programs to better understand the issues. – Ricardo Alfaro, Chair

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