Community & Culture,
History & Heritage

A day to recognize and celebrate Black culture and freedom  


June 19, 2021

5:30 - 7PM

The First United Baptist Church

6188 Geo. Washington Memorial Highway

Gloucester, VA

Sponsored by the Gloucester Union Relief Association,

Woodville Rosenwald School Foundation, and CircleUp


Rain or shine

Concessions available for a donation to

The First United Baptist Church's youth group.

Bring your lawn chair or listen to the presentation from your car.

This event will be simulcast on 102.7 FM.

History of Juneteenth

*Three Rivers Health District will have Covid-19 vaccines available on site 
for individuals ages 12 and older on a first-come-first-serve basis.
If not COVID immunized, please wear a mask and adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines.


Our Mission Statement

We are a progressive, nonpartisan group of citizens of the Middle Peninsula in the Commonwealth of Virginia, who are committed to the shared values of justice and stewardship.


To address ongoing social and environmental issues through education and coordinated action.

CircleUp is not aligned with any candidate or political party. 


Hate Groups and

Hate Crimes

in Virginia 

Do hate groups exist in Virginia and specifically the Middle Peninsula? Have individuals or groups been the target of hate crimes in our area? Is the public informed? What can citizens do to recognize and prevent hate crimes? These questions were addressed by our panel of experts during our May 13 discussion on this important topic. Guest panelist were: 

  • Dr. James Nolan, Dept. Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University. Dr. Nolan worked as a unit chief in the FBI division that provided management oversight for the National Hate Crime Data Collection Program. He co-authored the textbook The Violence of Hate: Understanding Harmful Forms of Bias and Bigotry, now in its 4th Edition. 


  • Thomas C. Bowen III, Commonwealth Attorney for Mathews County. Mr. Bowen has served as Mathews County's Commonwealth's Attorney since 2012.  


  • Gabriel (Gabe) Morgan Sr., is currently serving his fourth four-year term as Sheriff of Newport News. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Sheriff's Association.

The entire discussion can be viewed on our facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/CircleUpMidPen/


An Open Invitation

CircleUp participants are encouraged to submit event and date information to CircleUp Steering Committee for our review and consideration as one of our public discussion events. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 333, Gloucester, VA 23061. Or, contact us via email: circleupmidpen@gmail.com

On The Topic of Hate 

by Dr. Nolan