Creating Unity through Listening and Action

Virginia Beach Celebrating 3rd Annual Unity Week Oct. 11-17

Tuesday, October 06, 2020


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. –The City of Virginia Beach is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Unity Week being held October 11-17, 2020. What began as a celebration of our differences and a movement toward embracing the unique aspects that set us apart has led to creating opportunities for listening, understanding, and taking action for positive change. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is hosting a series of guided conversations that will offer participants the chance to hear from others who have experienced discrimination, ask questions, and learn how they can be agents for change to bring unity to their community. 

Registration is open for Listening & Learning: Online Conversations to Promote Unity: 

Growing Our LGBTQ+ Acceptance on National Coming Out Day
Sunday, October 11 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Guest speakers:
Michael Berlucchi | Virginia Beach Council Member
Cole Werkheiser | Hampton Roads Pride
Neva White | LGBT Liaison to the City Manager

Creating Racial Unity in our Community through Understanding and Action
Wednesday, October 14 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Guest speaker: Marquis Norton Ph.D., LPC, NCC | Assistant Professor-Department of Counseling at Hampton University

Islam & Judaism: Everything You've Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
Thursday, October 15 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Guest speakers: Rabbi Marc Kraus and Imam Rachid Khould 

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation invites everyone to celebrate Unity Week by wearing orange and doing acts of kindness to make others feel seen, understood, and included. Share stories and photos on social media using #VBunity.

For those who want to go deeper, resources and videos can be found at to host additional small group discussions on these and other important topics affecting our community and the nation.


About Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City's coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department's vision is to be the national leader in providing enriching and memorable lifelong experiences. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at Find us on Facebook at


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