Welcome to the Portsmouth, VA Branch of AAUW!

Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination”, Ibram X. Kendi, HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST. This book, along with several additional books with powerful messages, were reviewed and discussed at the Portsmouth Branch Book Group meeting on November 9, 2020. Our members are committed to continuing this discussion as we identify ways that we may individually and collectively become more consistently antiracist.


Monday, March 8, 2021
7 p.m. via ZOOM
Members will discuss DISAPPEARING EARTH by Julia Phillips
If you are interested in participating, please contact us for the link.

Monday, April 12, 2021
7 p.m. via ZOOM
Members will discuss THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson


Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – Celebrating 100 Years of Women Voting, Wendy Miller-Ewards, Professor, Paul D. Camp Community College. Virtual presentation

Monday, April 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM
African American History Course being piloted in
Portsmouth and Suffolk Schools
Our guest speaker will be Christonya Brown, the liaison between the Virginia Department of Education and the piloting teachers.  Ms. Brown will discuss how the course was developed by a special committee of teachers, how it is structured, and how teachers and students are reacting to what’s being taught. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn how Virginia is attempting to change the curriculum to insure that students get the real story of the African American experience. 

If you would like to join us for any of these events, please click on our contact us link.

In Memoriam
Mary Swain American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The AAUW Portsmouth Branch celebrates the life and memory of our longtime friend and member, Mary Martin Swain.  Mary, age 80, ​ passed away Sat. Nov. 7, 2020. She was born on June 24, 1940. A memorial service will be held at a later date. She was survived by ​ her husband of 53 years, Robert Swain, ​ 2 sons, 4 grandsons and 2 great grandchildren.
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