Marc Cheatham started The Cheats Movement in January 2011 to post photos from his travels and later evolved the blog as a way to showcase local music, arts and culture. Today, Cheatham uses The Cheats Movement to highlight the best aspects of life in Richmond, VA. Style Weekly also profiled his blog earlier this year.
Cheatham is an alum of the Metrotown Institute, which is now called the Harold M. Marsh, Sr. Connections Institute. The program celebrates its 20th year this week and Cheatham shares his personal thoughts and the reflections of other program graduates at the Cheats Movement.
The Harold M. Marsh, Sr. Connections Institute teaches high school student leaders about diversity and inclusion. It sounds simple but trust me it’s hard work. I remember being 14 years old, the last thing I was thinking about during the summer of my freshman and sophomore year was how I could make my high school more inclusive and tolerant. Through Connections, I learned community building skills and values that are still with me today – values I apply in every aspect of my life – including The Cheats Movement Blog. The most principled being: unity and inclusion will always triumph over division and exclusion.