Dr. Wes Bellamy, Author of “Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue”is a City Councilman in Charlottesville, Virginia, Political Science Professor at Virginia State University, and one of the Global thought leaders of the Millennial Generation. He is the youngest individual ever elected to the Charlottesville City Council post, and he came into the national spotlight after helping to lead the effort to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from city parks in Charlottesville. 

He developed a comprehensive plan, the “Equity Package,” which included nearly $4 million in aid for marginalized communities, and pushed it through city council. He is the founder of the Black Millennial Political Convention, a Convention focused on bringing together African American millennials from across the country to collectively use their power to create change. He has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, and has made appearances on CNN, MSNBC, PBS News Hour, NPR and On One with Angela Rye. […]

Monumental, 2018

Dr. Bellamy’s book tour starts on Jan. 10 at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. There will be a book signing by Bellamy and a conversation moderated by motivational speaker Andrea Copeland-Whitsett.


About The Book

Black Gold Publishing and Dr. Wes Bellamy are proud to offer the debut work from Dr. Bellamy, Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue.

Monumental is a memoir from Dr. Bellamy, former Vice-Mayor and current City Councilor, City of Charlottesville, Virginia about the essence of the White Supremacists attacks in his city, and how a movement to awaken a nation was born.

Step into his shoes and read what it felt like to be in the midst of a war for the soul of a community. […]


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2019 — South Carolina State University Young Alum of the Year

2018 — Higher Education Leadership Foundation Fellow

2018 — Transatlantic Leadership Inclusionary Leader (Paris, France)

2018 — German Marshall Foundation Fellow (Brussels, Belgium)

2017 — President Barack Obama Foundation Summit

2016– Omega Psi Phi “Citizen of the Year”

2016 — Virginia State Board of Education Appointee

2015 — National Alliance of Black Male Educators Newcomer of the Year

2014 — South Carolina State University Distinguished Alumni

2013 — Daily Progress Distinguished Dozen Community Citizen Award