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Dr. Charles Chavis

Professor, Historian, and Peacebuilder

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Bio

Charles Chavis, Jr., Ph.D is the Founding Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, where he is also an Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History.

Dr. Chavis is a historian and museum educator whose work focuses on the history of racial violence and civil rights activism and Black and Jewish relations in the American South, and the ways in which the historical understandings of racial violence and civil rights activism can inform current and future approaches to peacebuilding and conflict resolution throughout the world.

book cover for 'For the Sake of Peace' (2020)He is editor of For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). His upcoming book, The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020) is out in January 2022.

Publications

“Rabbi Edward L. Israel: The Making of a Progressive Interracialist, 1923–1941,” Southern Jewish History, 21 (Spring, 2019).  View PDF

“Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in Maryland: From Narrative Change to Racial Healing,” Building an Architecture of Peace-building in America, Doug Irvin-Erickson and Emily Sample, eds. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). View PDF

Introduction to For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America. Co-edited with Sixte Vigny Nimuraba. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). View PDF

Activism & Policy Leadership

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John Mitchell, Jr. Program at GMU

Dr. Chavis is the Founding Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution

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The Archives for Racial and Cultural Healing

“The ARCH™” seeks to properly acknowledge, memorialize, and be a catalyst to end the false belief In a hierarchy of human value based on race, embracing our common humanity, and permanently eliminating persistent racial inequities.
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The U.S. Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Movement

The US TRHT has been raising support for House Con.Res. 100 introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee and cultivating bipartisan support for the healing agenda with its nationwide network of actors.

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#BREATHEWITHME

#BREATHEWITHME is a call for a U.S. Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Commission leading to Reparations.

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Media Inquiries for The Silent Shore

Please contact Kathryn Marguy at The Johns Hopkins University Press:
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Inquiries on For the Sake of Peace

Please contact Dhara Snowden at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group:
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Inquiries for the John Mitchell, Jr. Program

Please contact Gbenga Dasylva at George Mason University:
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or visit johnmitchelljrprogram.gmu.edu

Inquiries for U.S. Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation

Please contact ustrht@gmail.com