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Harvest of Empire- Hispanic Heritage Month

Local Colors Movie Night

September 28th, 2016 at 7:15pm at The Grandin Theater.

Free Movie Night in Honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month: Harvest of Empire
Join Local Colors for a movie night in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. We will be showing Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America. It is a documentary based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! Co-host Juan González: “We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.”

Harvest of Empire
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 28, 7:15 PM
Location: Grandin Theatre
Cost: FREE
Movie Trailer:
Panel Discussion following the movie to be moderated by Del. Sam Rasoul.

Join Local Colors for a movie night in honor of National Hispanic History Month. A panel discussion, moderated by Del. Sam Rasoul, will follow the movie. Panelist include:  Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes, Ferrum College; Yolanda Puyana, Hacienda; Keisha Graziadei-Shup, Laconexion; Eduardo Lopez, Director of “Harvest of Empire.”

Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape. This documentary provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community. The film features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists María Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada.

This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.




An Evening With George Takei: On Diversity and Inclusion

George Takei

From the City of Roanoke, VA – Communications

Roanoke, VA – Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall has been selected as the location for “An Evening With George Takei: On Diversity and Inclusion,” which will be sponsored by the City of Roanoke and hosted by Local Colors of Western Virginia on Wednesday, May 4.
Beginning March 15, the public is invited to contact the Jefferson Center Box Office at 345-2550 to reserve tickets; two free tickets will be allotted per caller. All tickets are reserved seating, and will be available for pick up on the day of the event, May 4, beginning at 8 a.m. Attendees must claim their tickets and be seated by 6:15 p.m. A standby line will be permitted, and all unclaimed tickets will be distributed after 6:15 p.m. There will be no late seating.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. After the event, a Book/CD Signing will be held in the LL Rice Room on the second floor, across from Shaftman Performance Hall. Mr. Takei will only sign materials purchased that evening.

PRESS RELEASE: to all media outlets

FROM: Beth Lutjen, Executive Director, Local Colors

November 20, 2015

Local Colors is a not-for-profit organization whose mission it is to embrace and celebrate the cultures represented by the immigrants in our region. We believe that our differing backgrounds bring a wide range of talents and perspectives to our valley, and that makes Roanoke a more vibrant and better place to live. We welcome anyone who would come to live here and help us build a better community. For over twenty-five years, Local Colors has been a key driver in developing the diverse and welcoming community that we are proud to call home.

Local Colors will continue to support the diverse ethnic populations in the Roanoke Valley. As advocates for the local immigrant community, we will continue to work with all immigrants regardless of race, religion, or country of origin. We feel it is important to make clear that the recent unfortunate call to “suspend and delay any further Syrian refugee assistance” is not in keeping with the mission and values of Local Colors. And it is our hope that the immigrant community, especially the well-established Syrian population in Roanoke, will continue to look to Local Colors as a trusted partner in efforts in community building.

To further the mission of Local Colors in supporting the immigrant community, Local Colors, under the direction of Beth Lutjen, is establishing an International Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from our immigrant populations. This will create a vehicle for more interaction and communication between our diverse residents and the greater Roanoke community in an effort to better serve and promote understanding.

Fear often leads individuals, groups and even countries to make short-sighted decisions with inhumane consequences. Our guiding principles of Understanding, Love and Respect allow us to move past fear to do Humanitarian work that preserves human dignity and often serves the most vulnerable among us. Local Colors will continue to follow these principles and we encourage the community not to follow examples from our past that were guided or driven by fear.

Local Colors has enjoyed overwhelming support for our mission for over twenty-five years, and we thank the people of our region for their generosity. Anyone who would like to work with Local Colors for the causes of supporting and celebrating our diverse cultural community with mutual respect and unity, is encouraged to contact our office or visit our website (

TAP Honors Pearl Fu As First Cabell Brand Award Winner

Total Action for Progress honored Pearl Fu, former Executive Director of Local Colors, as the first Cabell Brand Hope Award winner. This award was given to Pearl to honor her for the HOPE she has given to so many through her lifelong work in our community and through Local Colors.


Pearl Fu with Senator John Edwards

Pearl Fu with Senator John Edwards

Pearl with TAP CEO Annette Lewis

Pearl with TAP CEO Annette Lewis

Pearl with Quartet

Pearl with William Penn Quartet at TAP Event

Taste of Culture – Sudan

Taste of Culture Sudan 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015
11 am to 1:30 pm
1 Market Place
African Grilled Chicken, Rice with Vegetables & Sudanese Baklava