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Challenging Perceptions: Progress and Promises - "Policy and Progress"

Progress and Promises panel
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Challenging Perceptions: Progress and Promises

What policies have helped in the fight against systemic racism? We examine the progress made over the last year and the impact of grassroots activism and community organizations.

The Panelists

Lamont Bagby
Delegate, 74th House District

The Honorable Lamont Bagby serves as chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the House Labor and Commerce Insurance and Worker's Compensation Subcommittee, and the House Education Pre-K-12 Subcommittee. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and Master of Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Prior to being elected, Bagby served on the Henrico County School Board, and the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors.

Delegate Bagby is committed to breaking cycles of poverty by providing quality healthcare, inclusionary affordable housing, justice reform and equity in education.

(Photo: Ayasha Sledge)

Chlo’e Edwards
President of Black Lives Matter 804

Chlo’e Edwards is the Policy Analyst at Voices for Virginia’s Children and serves as a University of Richmond Community Partner in Residence. She is the founder of Chlo’e Edwards Consulting, and President of Black Lives Matter 804.

In 2021, Chlo’e Edwards was named Richmond History Maker by The Valentine and was a YWCA Outstanding Women Awards Honoree. She helped lead successful efforts to have racism recognized as a public health crisis in Virginia by the General Assembly, making it the first southern state to do so. In 2020, Chlo’e launched Virginia’s first Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week.

Chlo’e Edwards earned a Master’s of Public Policy in Leadership from Liberty University and Bachelor’s from Hollins University. She completed the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project, the Sorensen Institute for Political Emerging Leaders, and the Minority Research and Law Institute for Political Emerging Leaders.

(Photo: Scott Elmquist, Style Weekly)