Dozen: Elizabeth Shilue Shows Her Love for Community Through Her Anti-Racist Activism | Local news

And after seeing the documentary “I’m Not Racist… Am I? in 2015, Shilue said her eyes were opened even wider to inequalities in society, especially when it comes to race. The documentary follows a diverse group of high school students as they engage in difficult conversations about racism. Shillue wanted as many people as possible to see the movie, so she hosted a screening at the downtown Paramount Theater later that year.

Shillue contacted Charlene Green, then director of the city’s Human Rights Office, about arranging a screening in partnership with the Shillue Quaker Meeting. The screening at Paramount was sold out.

Following the Paramount screening, Shilue and Green held approximately 27 screenings at venues across the community, including schools, churches and the University of Virginia. They also trained 40 discussion facilitators. Shillue hoped to get 2,000 community members to see the film. She estimates that at least double the number of Charlottesville residents came to any of the screenings.

“Literally to this day, I still meet people who tell me that this film had an impact on them, and how it impacted on the way they see people as their students and their patients and how they were. inspired to do things differently, ”said Shilue. .

As Shillue organized more and more film screenings, it became clear to her that it was becoming more important than just film screenings. Thus, the beloved community of Cville was born. The name of the organization comes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “He viewed the beloved community as a society based on justice and equality of opportunity, love for other human beings. People forget how threatening that sight was, ”said Shillue.

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