In partnership with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) and the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond will co-host the official dedication of Arthur Ashe Boulevard on Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00 AM on the museum’s front lawn, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard.
The dedication will include remarks from local and state elected officials and a ceremonial sign unveiling. The event is free and open to the public.
“This summer we officially honor one of Richmond’s native sons and humanitarians as we are telling the stories of ALL of RVA’s people,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “Arthur Ashe is a true champion, and this recognition is well-deserved as he took what he learned growing up in our neighborhoods and used those experiences to make the world a better place.”
Growing up in Richmond, Virginia in the 1950s, and denied access to Byrd Park, the premier, all-white recreational facility, Ashe learned to play tennis in the city’s park for blacks, Brook Field. At 18, in 1961, Ashe became the first black player to win the previously all-white National Interscholastic tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Two years later, he became the first black player selected for the U.S. Davis Cup team. In 1968, he became the first black man to win the U.S. Open. But Ashe didn’t stop at the U.S. border: In 1973, during apartheid, he traveled to Johannesburg to become the first black player to compete in the South Africa Open. The memory of segregation-of separate but unequal – would lead him to become a lifelong integrationist, both in his words and actions.
“What an amazing time to be in the City of Richmond – a time inspired by the legacy of my uncle, Arthur Ashe, Jr.,” said David Harris, nephew of Arthur Ashe. “We want to thank the City of Richmond for your efforts in doing what is right. Together, we will show the world what can be done when we come together with purpose, generosity, and intentionality for the greatness of our city.”
The event also coincides with the opening of the VHMC groundbreaking exhibition, Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality. Determined explores the black experience from the 1619 arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English North America to the present day. The exhibit traces the ways in which black people have profoundly shaped the course of American history and the nature of American democracy through their fight for freedom, equality, and justice. Determined features dozens of artifacts that tell the compelling stories of a selection of remarkable Virginians, including Arthur Ashe, Jr. Click here to view the VHMC release further detailing the exhibition.
“We are deeply honored to host this important ceremony and excited about what it means for the future of this historic institution, our great city, and our Commonwealth,” said Jamie O. Bosket, president & CEO of VMHC. “It will be a special privilege to welcome dignitaries and special guests from our city, around Virginia and across the nation as we make an important step forward in remembering one of Richmond’s most famous sons and better tell a complete story of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
On June 22, the public will be invited to park at the Arthur Ashe Center, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Shuttles will operate on the Arthur Ashe Boulevard corridor to assist with public attendance.
The official sign unveiling will occur in front of VMHC beginning at 11 a.m. After the unveiling, the museum will be open free to visitors to view the new exhibit.
In addition, the City of Richmond will be hosting an Arthur Ashe Boulevard Community Celebration starting at 1:00 PM at the Arthur Ashe Center. The community celebration will be open to the public and will include tennis clinics, musical guests, food trucks, and more.
Movies in the Outfield at the Diamond Start this Week
The twice a week series will have movies on Thursday and Saturday. They kick things off this Thursday with the classic “Field of Dreams”. We also would have approved of “Sandlot” or “Bull Durham”.
From the Richmond Flying Squirrels:
The Richmond Flying Squirrels will begin hosting Movies in the Outfield, a socially distanced movie-going experience on the field at The Diamond, beginning Thursday night.
Movies will be shown on The Diamond’s video board on Thursday and Saturday nights. Admission is $8 per person (children 3 and younger are admitted free). Information on upcoming showings, tickets, concessions and health and safety policies can be found here.
Movies in the Outfield is presented by VCU Health and supported by Aldi, Dominion Energy, Elephant Insurance, Richmond Area Honda Dealers and Pepsi.
The new, twice-a-week series begins on Thursday night with a showing of the classic baseball film, “Field of Dreams.” The gates at The Diamond open at 6:05 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:05 p.m.
This Saturday, the Flying Squirrels will host a showing of “The Incredibles” at 6:05 p.m. The gates will open at 5:05 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for both showings here.
To promote social distancing, seating will be located on the field in either 10’x10’ spaces for up to four people or 10’x20’ spaces for up to eight people. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or pillows, but chairs will not be permitted.
Concessions will be available for Movies in the Outfield. The Flying Squirrels strongly encourage all guests to pre-order food prior to their event date. Orders can be submitted here. Food orders will be available for pick-up at Rosie’s Bistro at the Bullpen, which is located on the right field-side of the stadium. All food orders made at the event must be submitted online and can also be placed here.
An additional beverage-only stand will be located on the third-base side of the ballpark and will accept credit card payment only.
Parking for Movies in the Outfield is available for free in the Blue Lot at The Diamond, located off Arthur Ashe Boulevard across from the bus station. All guests should enter the stadium through the right-field gate located near the Food Lion Party Den.
The Flying Squirrels strongly encourage all guests to adhere to all protocols for the health and safety of other guests and staff, including wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines.
Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride set to take place as virtual event, with registration now open for participants
Participants can complete their virtual ride anytime between August 15-August 31.
The 2020 Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride, originally scheduled for August 15, will take place as a virtual event, with registration now open at www.sportsbackers.org. Once registered, participants can complete their virtual ride anytime between August 15-August 31. Distance options for the virtual ride include three-mile, eight-mile, and 28-mile categories, and the $20 registration fee includes an event t-shirt, bicycle light set, downloadable bib number, virtual goodie bag, and a registration packet shipped directly to participants, among other items.
The Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride has grown into one of Richmond’s favorite cycling events, and 2020 marks the12th year of the ride. The virtual event encourages riders and families to explore their neighborhoods and communities in a celebration of biking and active living while adhering to current health and safety guidelines. Sports Backers will provide mapping tools and links to assist participants in creating their own unique routes to allow a personalized experience to the virtual event.
The continued support of Virginia Credit Union helps make the 2020 virtual event possible, and this will be the third year the Richmond-based financial cooperative has served as title sponsor of the event. Partnering with Sports Backers for the event helps Virginia Credit Union bring their goals of both financial and physical health together for people in the Richmond community.
“We look forward to the Moonlight Ride every year, and though this year’s event experience will be different, we know it will be a great opportunity for participants to get out and get active, and we’re happy to support that,” said Glenn Birch, Virginia Credit Union’s Director of Public and Media Relations. “Our members believe in strengthening our community and we know Sports Backers shares that belief and events like the Moonlight Ride help make it a reality.”
The virtual Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride will again feature costume and bike light decoration contests for participants, with prizes available to winners in both categories. Participants can post their photos to the event Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/moonlightride/) and winners will be notified after August 31. Contest details can be found on the Sports Backers website (https://www.sportsbackers.org/events/moonlight-ride/costume-tacky-light-contest/).
“Biking in the Richmond region continues to grow in importance for fitness, recreation, and transportation, and in the past few months it’s become increasingly popular as an exercise outlet thanks to the physical and mental benefits it provides,” said Meghan Keogh, Event Director of the Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride. “We hope this year’s virtual event is another way for people of all ages and experience levels to enjoy getting on their bike and celebrating our active community, even if we can’t all be together at the same time.”
The official event charity for the Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride is Bike Walk RVA, an advocacy program committed to making the Richmond area more bike and pedestrian friendly. Bike Walk RVA advocates for comfortable and connected places to bike and walk for people of all ages and abilities. Protected bike lanes, paved shared-use paths, safe intersections, and calm neighborhood streets have been proven to get people biking and walking on a regular basis and are an important part of healthy and vibrant communities. Participants who make a $20 donation to Bike Walk RVA will receive a $5 discount on their virtual Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride registration.
For registration and more event details, please visit www.sportsbackers.org.
Juneteenth Events Around Richmond
Juneteenth is now an official Virginia holiday celebrated on the 19th of June in the United States to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on 19 June 1865, proclaiming that all enslaved persons in the U.S. state of Texas were now free.
Technically it’s not official but Governor Northam introduced legislation on Tuesday to make it an official paid state holiday and it has received bipartisan support.
“It’s time we elevate this,” Northam said. “It finally shut the door on the enslavement of African American people and while it did not end racism, black oppression or violence, it is an important symbol. By commemorating it, we push people to think about the significance of Juneteenth.”
“Self Preservation,” Friday, June 19th, Noon to 1 PM. Online discussion of the Virginia African-American Cultural Resources Task Force to promote increased focus on the African-American experience in Virginia. Task force chair and Richmond Delegate Delores L. McQuinn; Norfolk State University professor Colita Nichols Fairfax, chair of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and president of the Barrett-Peake Heritage Foundation in Hampton; and preservationist Niya Bates, board member of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville, will lead the conversation with moderator Justin E. Reid of Virginia Humanities. Online access: bit.ly/2UBDmB9.
Elegba Folklore Society is preparing an incredible JUNETEENTH virtual FREEDOM CELEBRATION!
A drum call opening @djembe_drum_official.
Live set from @samreed124 and so much more!
Saturday June 20th
“Juneteenth Rally for Justice” – Saturday, June 20, 1 to 5 p.m. Virginia Union University, Hovey Field.
The public is welcome, but the event primarily is for members of black fraternities and sororities to craft policies for police reform, according to F.W. “Fred” Scott, president of the Virginia Association of Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. To include remarks and dialogue with U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, U.S. Rep. A. Donald McEachin, Richmond Delegate Jeff M. Bourne and other elected officials.