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Regional News, Events, and Activities

The following meeting information concerning state-wide and area news, events, and activities is updated at the beginning of each calendar month. Please check with the originating organization because of likely cancellations or changes since they were originally posted here. See Local News for non-CCSJ events and activities organized and/or occurring in the Morgantown area.

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Sponsored by Charleston’s FestivALL and the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission.
Saturday, June 19

5 p.m. – Live on HHOMA’s Facebook page, @WVHHOMA 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. – West Virginia Public Broadcasting, The West Virginia Channel With headline performer Montell Jordan, best known for “This is How We Do It”

And congratulations to the West Virginia artists selected to perform!

Event Lineup:

Montell Jordan Appalachian Children’s Choir, song, Charleston
Ashlyn Bell, dance, Charleston
Capital High School VIP Show Choir, medley song
MaKinsey Cline, baton dance, Gilbert
Kelly Coberly, song, Buckhannon
Dale Kat Duvernay, poetry, Charleston
Brandhi Irvon, song, Morgantown
Alondra Johnson, song, Charleston
Aristotle Jones, song, Morgantown
Kingston and Mark Price, music, Charleston
Charles Shelton Jr., music, Charleston
Smoochie and the Heavy Hitters Band, music, Montgomery
Victoria LaVonne Wilburn, poetry, Huntington

The 2021 event marks the first time West Virginia Legislature has recognized June 19 as Juneteenth Day, the oldest African American holiday observance in the United States.

More information is available here

Information about the Kanawha Valley NOW chapter is available at their Facebook page or email There is also a new “Name and Gender Change Guide for West Virginia Residents” available here.

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West Virginia NOW has a Facebook page and a web page.

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ACLU NEWS: The West Virginia ACLU is among the groups that filed a lawsuit by and on behalf of Becky Pepper-Jackson protesting West Virginia HB 3293, banning transgender girls and women from school sports. You can get more information here.

ACLU AND AMIZADE Appalachian Queer Youth Summit is July 31st - August 1st: “The ACLU-WV, in partnership with Amizade, is thrilled to announce our 2021 Appalachian Queer Youth Summit!

“This camp will bring together high school juniors and seniors (homeschool students welcome) who either identify as LGBTQ+ or come from LGBTQ+ families from across West Virginia and give them the tools they need to organize and advocate for the issues they care about.

“Campers will learn how to talk to legislators, how to run meetings, tell powerful stories, and more, and will participate in a collective action to better the lives of LGBTQ+ people after the camp concludes.

“Perhaps most importantly, AQYS campers will get to be themselves for a weekend around people who understand them.”

Note that registration is limited, and the priority registration date was April 30th.

For more information on this event and to register, please go here.

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The Dominion Post, on March 29th, endorsed Fairness West Virginia’s campaign to get Senators Manchin and Capito to support the Equality Act, which is now before the U.S. Senate. To see the editorial and sign up for updates on this campaign, please go here.

Fairness West Virginia is hiring a Development and Administrative Associate. More information is available here

Fairness has also issued a statement in response to Gov. Jim Justice’s signing of HB 3292, the transgender athlete ban. You can find it here.

Follow Fairness West Virginia on Facebook or at their website.