Calvin Earl Set To Speak At RCC In March

RCC Partners with Richmond County Community to Present Calvin Earl, Ambassador of African-American Spirituals

richmond-county-schools-logo Warsaw, VA—Rappahannock Community College is partnering with Richmond County Public Schools’ Multicultural and Diversity Committee and Richmond County Museum to present Calvin Earl, storyteller and preservationist of African-American Spirituals on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at Rappahannock Community College, 52 Campus Drive, Warsaw, VA 22572. The event is free and open to the public.

Passion for the preservation of the Spirituals led him to lobby for the introduction of twin resolutions (H. Res. 120 and S. Res. 69) in the United States Congress in 2007 to honor American slaves for their contributions to the nation and recognize the African-American Spiritual as a national treasure.

Calvin Earl, Ambassador of African-American Spirituals
Calvin Earl

Calvin Earl is referred to in the legislation as a “noted performer & educator of the African-American Spirituals.” Due to his successful efforts in the passage of the legislation, Earl became known as the “Ambassador of the African-American Spirituals.” In 2008, President George W. Bush presented him with a Presidential Proclamation “celebrating the extraordinary talents and creativity of African-American singers, musicians and composers whose achievements have enriched our culture and enhanced our lives.”

About Rappahannock Community College

Rappahannock Community College, established in 1970, serves Virginia’s Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. RCC is home to multiple associate degrees and certificate programs, as well as robust and varied Workforce offerings. RCC has been named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education since 2015. The College will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020.

About Richmond County Public Schools Multicultural Diversity Committee

The Richmond County Public Schools Multicultural Diversity Committee was founded in summer 2017. The mission statement for the RCPS Multicultural Diversity Committee is: “Celebrating diversity by providing educational opportunities to observe and explore various cultures through school-wide and community events.”  The vision statement of the RCPS Multicultural Diversity Committee is to: “Cultivate a respectful and inclusive multicultural community that promotes a deeper understanding and appreciation of various individuals, cultures and groups of people in America.”

For more information: Grover Cleveland Winfield III, Chair,


About the Richmond County Museum

Founded in 1992 during the county’s Tricentennial Celebration, the Richmond County Museum is located in Warsaw on Richmond Road (Rte. 360) in the historic 1872 jail building on the Courthouse Green. Through its collections, exhibits, events, educational programs, and publications, the museum endeavors to preserve and interpret the rich history of Richmond County and to share it with the local and extended community. Staffed by volunteer docents, the museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.

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