STRONG MEN & WOMEN PANEL DISCUSSION John Mitchell: Life and Legacy of Richmond's “Race Man”

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 7:00–8:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Early in the 20th century, the term “race man” described a public figure who promoted the interests of African Americans on every front. John Mitchell published the Richmond Planet from 1884 to 1929 and made it one of the most influential black newspapers of its time. Greg McQuade of Richmond news station WTVR moderates a conversation on this important figure with historian Roice Luke, biographer Ann Field Alexander, and journalist Brenda Andrews. A reception follows the program and rarely seen editions of the Planet will be on display. This program, part of the Strong Men & Women in Virginia History project is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by a generous gift from Dominion.

Audio and video (coming soon) recordings of a panel discussion highlighting the life of Richmond Planet publisher John Mitchell.

Traveling Exhibition Schedule

The Strong Men & Women in Virginia History exhibition might be coming to your area. Below is the exhibition schedule for 2014. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, Exhibitions Coordinator, at or 804-692-3518

1/29/2014–3/1/14                       Library of Virginia

2/3/2014–3/15/14                       Hampton Public Library (Main)

3/3/2014–4/12/14                       Portsmouth Public Library (Main)

3/17/2014–4/26/14                     Prince George Library

4/14/2014–5/24/14                     Dumbarton Area Library (Henrico Co)

4/28/2014–6/7/14                       Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society

5/26/2014–7/5/14                       Lynchburg Public Library

6/9/2014–7/19/14                       Hampton Public Library (Phoebus)

7/7/2014–8/16/14                       Hampton Public Library (Main)

7/21/2014–8/30/14                     Samuels Library, Front Royal

8/18/2014–9/27/14                     Halifax Co South Boston Library

9/1/2014–10/11/14                     Powhatan County Public Library

9/29/2014–11/8/14                     Wythe County Public Library

10/13/2014–11/22/14                 Southside Regional Library (Boydton)

11/10/2014–12/13/14                 North Suffolk Library