Relatives and Strangers

Descendants of Thomas Jefferson discuss race relations with Randolph students

Gayle Jessup White (right) and Tess Taylor discuss racial issues in America during Randolph's Relatives and Strangers program Wednesday.

On Wednesday night, two descendants of U.S. President and Founding Father Thomas Jefferson challenged Randolph students to help improve race relations in America. The panel discussion was hosted by Randolph College and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest as part of its formal partnership. The discussion was part of a two-night program featuring cousins Gayle Jessup White,... READ MORE >>

Randolph, Poplar Forest partner to host Relatives and Strangers programs

Relatives and strangers

Americans take pride in their nation’s ethnic diversity, and it is impossible to imagine the United States without it. Yet simultaneously, America remains tormented by racial division, misunderstanding and alienation. Despite centuries of casual and intimate intermingling, white and black Americans are both relatives and strangers. On November 3 and 4, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest... READ MORE >>