Planners of African American Cultural Center in Virginia Beach are collaborating with local schools, and Yale | Loc…

A move to the center was the focal point of a celebration April 26 at the Westin Town Center. An “Evening with our Friends” brought together area leaders and members of the community to kick off the capital campaign for the African American Cultural Center in Virginia Beach.

Keynote speaker Dean Risë Nelson of Yale University, encouraged making the center a reality.

“It’s critically important in these polarized times,” she said. “A cultural center is a centering space, drawing in all members of the community for reflection, celebration, education, socialization, and then radiating out into the broader community to positively impact lives.”

Nelson is an assistant dean of Yale College…

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