It's Time to Make History.

Richmond knows how to make history and we aren't done yet.  Take a quick look at the region through this video trailer and ask "what if" we didn't keep telling stories, building relationships and doing business as usual? 

Behind the Sounds & scenes

The Narrators

     

Albert Walker

Director
Healthy Communities
Bon Secours Richmond Health System

What skill/gift do you bring to the community? Love and Service.

How long have you lived here? Lifelong Richmonder.

What do you love most about RVA?  Our rich legacy and brighter future.

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT? Expand our ever shrinking common ground.











 

Tessa McKenzie

Manager
Evidence-Based Decision-Making
Bridging Richmond

What skill/gift do you bring to the community?  My work focuses on strategies to cultivate a data-sharing culture in siloed systems in order to reveal and heal social inequities in our communities.

How long have you lived in here?
My dog and I moved here from Portland, Oregon in 2012. We're enjoying life in The Fan right now. 

What do you love most about RVA? Richmond is rich in diversity. It's what challenges me to live with purpose and it's why I moved here 5 years ago. 

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT? I think we're long past hoping in RVA. We need to expect equity and TRHT will be one way to help us collectively move the needle for lasting change. 



 

Milgo Yonis

Product Development Manager
TMI Consulting, Inc. 

What skill/gift do you bring to the community? I am a designer by trade and a social entrepreneur at heart. My goal is always use the magic of design thinking and creative problem solving for the good of others and those in need.  

How long have you lived in here? This is my 7th year living in Richmond. Before that I was living in Northern Virginia. I have lived in different parts of central Richmond, right now I live in Carver.

What do you love most about RVA?
I love the amazing diversity of Richmond. I love the way Richmond mixes new and old in a way that is truly unique.

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT?
I think right now Richmond is on the cusp of so many amazing things. I can only hope that this city will move forward, and grow together amongst all it's unique juxtapositions, in a way that is good for all. 

Paitra Russell

Co-Founder and Principal Researcher
Philip Reese LLC

What skill/gift do you bring to the community?
I bring a love of listening, and (I'm told) a knack for getting people to tell their stories. 

How long have you lived here? I've lived in the City of Richmond for nine years, since relocating with my family from Chicago, IL. We live in Stratford Hills on the south side. 

What do you love most about RVA? It's impossible to name one thing that I love most. A few things that are top of mind: 
•    The sheer lush beauty of the city
•    The thriving communities of visual artists/writers
•    That so many people are working so hard to acknowledge and rectify the lasting effects of deep historical wounds

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT? I want to see what happens if enough of us have the courage to regularly listen to each other's stories (including the parts we don't want to hear), truthfully tell our own (not just the parts we're proud of), and bravely walk in each other's shoes, even if it hurts. Especially if it hurts. And I want to see what happens if we apply that experience to our everyday lives--who we acknowledge at the grocery store or on the street; what we speak up against or for at our jobs or our kids' schools. I think if enough of us do these things, we can transform ourselves and this city. This region can surpass its legacy of an entrenched hierarchy of human value--if enough of us want it. It's not a quick or easy fix, but disrupting hundreds of years of inequality is hard work. 

 

Ebony Walden 

Founder and Principal
Ebony Walden Consulting

What skill/gift do you bring to the community? 
I think I am a mix between a creative catalyst and a community builder.  

How long have you lived here?
3 years in Church Hill.

What do you love most about RVA? There are a lot of people here who really love the city and are passionate about being a part of change. I also love the murals, the river, the restaurants and breweries.

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT? I hope we can wrestle with our history and current issues in a deeper way in hopes of creating relationships and solutions that move us toward being a more thriving and inclusive city.

 

John Moeser

Former Professor of Urban Studies and Planning VCU
Former Senior Fellow
Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, UR

What skill/gift do you bring to the community?  Giving Voice Overs; Intimate knowledge of 20th Century Richmond and the overarching roles of race, power, and subjugation in the growth and development of the metropolis.

How long have you lived here? 47 years.

What do you love most about RVA? Its history.

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT? My hope is that the city that twice was burned (first by General Benedict Arnold during the American Revolution and second by the retreating Confederates at the conclusion of the Civil War) and twice rose again from the ashes can demonstrate to the nation that no division---whether racial, economic, or social---can triumph over the human spirit to rebuild, provided it is guided by the ageless wisdom that love is stronger than hate.

 


 Eric Stanley performing in Richmond.                                                                                             ©Cliff Lucas 

Eric Stanley performing in Richmond.                                                                                             ©Cliff Lucas 

The Crew

Karen Elliott Greisdorf,  kegphotography.com :  Producer, Director, Writer, Editor
John Taylor : Associate Producer
Diego Valdez, thefrontierproject.com : Camera
Matt Whitworth, overcoastmedia.com : Narration Recording
Daryl Watkins, creativedogmedia.com : Aerial Footage

Photograph of General Robert E. Lee, Cook Collection, The Valentine

Special Thanks to McGuireWoods, Roslyn Retreat Center and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for location filming. 

The MusiciaN

Composer & Violinist, performing Voltaire, an original composition
www.ericstanleyworldwide.com 

What skill/gift do you bring to the community? My gift is inspiring others to be better than they were yesterday. I want to help others stay inspired even when life gets tough.
How long have you lived here? 17 years. I'm originally from Chesapeake, VA.
What do you love most about RVA? The diversity. I have learned so many different styles of music from the people I've met in the city.  
What is a hope for RVA going forward? The hope of RVA is embracing all of the different types of people here. Also, continuing to explore RVA's rich history of musicians, artists, journalists, and other great creatives.

 Narrators sharing community conversation at Overcoast Media recording studio before raising their voices for TRHT. 

Narrators sharing community conversation at Overcoast Media recording studio before raising their voices for TRHT.