Moton Live

About Moton Live

Commemorate the past. Seize the moment. Pledge to the future.

Seventy years ago, in 1951, students stood to protest their overcrowded school. Although they didn’t know it, the course of an entire nation shifted. On that day, Farmville became the center of a pivotal discussion about race and civil rights.

“This is the moment,” Barbara Johns said. “Seize it.”

For decades, the Moton Museum has made itself the home of this vital, ongoing conversation. It’s the nation’s only civil rights museum that commemorates the walk-out and lock-out generations. It also serves to inspire the ongoing fight for equality and freedom for those who stand on the front line now.

On April 23, 2021, the Moton Museum will be making history again. We invite you to join us for this innovative, collaborative, virtual fundraising event.

Moton Live will be an exciting 10-hour celebration of Barbara Rose Johns and the landmark school walkout she led with her classmates on April 23, as well as the following generation who navigated a world with no schools with braveness and determination.

The Moton Museum will mark the 20th anniversary of opening our doors to the public, making this an especially historic moment.

Be a part of this massive virtual celebration. We seek to raise over $30,000 to support the Moton Museum and our Operations, Education, and Outreach initiatives.

Streaming live via Facebook, YouTube, and right here, Moton Live 2021 will inspire, challenge, and change you as we bring the world together with these students’ dream in mind.

Be a part of Moton Live 2021.

Schedule

Welcome to our session schedule.

We are excited to present an interactive and immersive line-up from leaders in our community who are making history with their own efforts.

Sessions will include special segments from civic leaders, museum leaders, and those who have been foundational to the birth and growth of Moton Museum over the years. We’re thrilled to bring new and familiar faces to you during this 10-hour event.

Look for a variety of exciting live content and music included in this schedule. Don’t forget that giveaways will be happening throughout the event as well.

Over the next 10 hours, we will highlight our past, present, and future as we think about our future goals and aspirations.

Commemorate the past. Seize the moment. Pledge to the future.

10:00 AM

Cam Patterson

Their Voices, Our History: A Look at the 1951 Student Walkout

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For nearly five years, the Robert Russa Moton Museum has pursued an academic partnership with faculty and students at Longwood University to document the stories of those who engaged in the civil rights struggle over equal education in Prince Edward County, Virginia.

Young people’s activism has always been at the heart of our local civil rights history. Join us as we hear from former Robert Russa Moton High School students who followed Barbara Johns and the Student Strike Committee out of school and into history on April 23, 1951. The stories they will share are featured in the latest publication of the Longwood-Moton Magazine Project.

11:00 AM

Sherre Atkins

Their Voices, Our History: A Look at the Prince Edward School Closings

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For nearly five years, the Moton Museum has pursued an academic partnership with faculty and students at Longwood University to document the stories of those who engaged in the civil rights struggle over equal education in Prince Edward County, Virginia. This publication features individuals engaged in Prince Edward’s civil rights history between 1959 and 1964.

Join our panel of former Prince Edward County students impacted by the school closings as we share their stories, which resonate with action and resilience. These stories demonstrate how students mobilized in educated and creative ways to enact their right to equal schooling.

12:00 PM

Cainan Townsend

A Community Fights to Preserve a National Treasure

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The community has always been at the heart of helping to tell our civil rights history. This was no different when the former Robert Russa Moton High School began its new phase of life as the Robert Russa Moton Museum.

Join us for this conversation as we talk about the work of the Martha E. Forrester Council of Women to purchase the former Robert Russa Moton High School from Prince Edward County, as well as the fight to gain National Historic Landmark designation.

10:00 AM

Cam Patterson

The Historic Preservation of a National Historic Landmark

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A signature part of the development of the Robert Russa Moton Museum during the past 20 years has been the renovation of the museum and the development of an award-winning exhibit, Moton School Story: Children of Courage. Our panel discussion introduces the team who began the historic preservation process for the museum and describes the development of the award-winning permanent exhibit.

11:00 AM

Sherre Atkins

Moton School Story: Looking to the Future

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Join Executive Director Cameron Patterson and leadership from our Moton Board of Trustees and Moton Museum Council as they talk about what is in store for Moton’s future. The past 20 years of development for the museum have brought about the renovation of this National Historic Landmark, creation of an award-winning exhibition, and a thriving partnership with Longwood University.

12:00 PM

Cainan Townsend

Moton’s Impact in the Community and Beyond

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Moton’s mission is as relevant and needed as ever before. Every day adults and youth are confronted with challenges and issues both in their own lives and in the communities in which they live. They must be able to relate historical content to their lives. Museums and historic landmarks have the ability to help individuals engage with history on a deeper level. Join this panel discussion as we talk about the impact of Moton’s work and mission as well as how the museum can continue to have an impact on those around us.

10:00 AM

Cam Patterson

Moton Resident Scholar Spotlight: Moton as a Place for Scholarship and Learning

10:00 AM

Cainan Townsend

Moton Resident Scholar Spotlight: Building a Permanent Exhibit

Donate

Pledge Your Support Today!

Every $1 donated to Moton Live 2020 will be matched up to $25,000, thanks to the support of the sponsors below. Donors will receive a 8.5 x 11 poster of the Barbara Johns mural along with recognition throughout the calendar year with our various public program offerings. 

  • One Payment of $50 -or- Four Monthly Payments of $12.50
  • One Payment of $100 -or- Four Monthly Payments of $25 
  • One Payment of $200 -or- Four Monthly Payments of $50

Pledge Your Support Today!

Every $1 donated to Moton Live 2020 will be matched up to $25,000, thanks to the support of the sponsors below. Donors will receive a 8.5 x 11 poster of the Barbara Johns mural along with recognition throughout the calendar year with our various public program offerings. 

  • One Payment of $50 -or- Four Monthly Payments of $12.50
  • One Payment of $100 -or- Four Monthly Payments of $25 
  • One Payment of $200 -or- Four Monthly Payments of $50

Our Sponsors

Consider Sponsorship Today

Join us as a sponsor as we commemorate the past, seize the moment, and pledge to the future.

For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cameron Patterson, Executive Director at 434-315-8775 (ext. 4) or director@motonmuseum.org. Download sponsorship package here.

Contributions to the Robert Russa Moton Museum are exempt from federal income tax as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. The Moton Museum’s Tax ID Number is 54-1867789