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Metropolitan Richmond Day 

This annual event convenes leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss key regional issues, and to encourage partnership across differences of race, class and jurisdiction. Since 1996 Hope in the Cities has brought stimulating and provocative speakers to Richmond to explore historic perspectives, current realities, and future hopes for regional cooperation in the Richmond metropolitan area.

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Metropolitan Richmond Day 2013 - November 8

This year's event will be a LUNCH FORUM - 12:00-2:00pm

Location: Omni Richmond, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Keynote speaker: Dr. Gail Christopher

(Photo: Karen Elliott Greisdorf)(Photo: Karen Elliott Greisdorf)

As vice president for program strategy at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, Dr. Christopher is a nationally recognized leader in health policy. She has been the driving force behind the Kellogg Foundation's commitment to racial healing and racial equity as an approach to fulfilling its mission of supporting vulnerable children.

Individual tickets - $40

Corporate Sponsor - $1000 (8 places at the lunch forum and recognition in the event program)

Community Non-profit Partner - $250 (8 places at the lunch forum and recognition in the event program)

To register

Parking is available at:

  • James Center Parking Deck (Directly below the Hotel) 1021 East Cary Street. $3.50 per car per hour up to a $21.00 maximum (Cash Only)
  • Shockoe Parking Deck - corner of 12th Street and Canal Street. (Lower level only, Unattended/Self-serve Payment) $2.00 per car per hour up to a $10.00 maximum (Cash Only)


For questions about the program please email or call  804-358-1764 


Past Metropolitan Richmond Day Events

Metropolitan Richmond Day 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Hope in the Cities asked: What does emancipation mean in our times? What are the legacies of inequity that must be addressed? What steps do we need to take as a community to become truly free? Addressing these issues as keynote speaker was Rajmohan Gandhi, biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Read the report

Fifteen years of Truth and Trustbuilding in the Region was the theme of the 2011 Metropolitan Richmond Day. The keynote speaker was Dr. John W. Franklin, Director of Partnerships and International Programs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. Read the report

Metrolpolitan Richmond Day 2010 was on the theme of The Trust Factor-Beyond Boundaries. Wallace Stettinius, former Chairman and CEO of Cadmus Communications Corporation, delivered a powerful keynote in which he delineated the steps individuals could take to become trustbuilders.Read the report

Metropolitan Richmond Day 2009 offered an interactive discussion using polling technology and table discussions on education, race relations, and socioeconomic differences. Read the report

The 2008 speaker, former Mayor of Charlotte, NC, Richard Vinroot, addressed hundreds of community leaders drawing on his experience of forging creative partnerships. At the public forum following the breakfast Vinroot engaged with a panel of Richmond citizens. Read the report

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The purpose:

Community Awareness - A focus on economic inclusion and the new realities of race, economics, and jurisdiction. A public process to educate citizens and to mobilize community support for action.

Communty Capacity - An experiential training curriculum that increases the capacity of community leaders to overcome legacies of racial history and to sustain initiatives for reconciliation and equity.

Community Vision - An anual Metropolitan Richmond Day forum convening leaders from the puublic and private sectors of the Richmond region to discuss key issues, engage in dialogue and build partnership.