This weekend Oak Bluffs celebrates Della Hardman day virtually with a conversation between Ibram X. Kendi, author and professor at Boston University, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, seasonal Vineyard resident and journalist.

Della Hardman Day has been celebrated each summer in Oak Bluffs since 2005 to honor the civic and artistic contributions the late Ms. Hardman — professor, artist, activist and Oak Bluffs town columnist —made to the Island. This year’s pre-recorded program takes place virtually, streaming on YouTube and Facebook, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 31. The event concludes with Island storyteller Susan Klein sharing memories of Ms. Hardman, her former neighbor.

According to Andrea Taylor, Ms. Hardman’s daughter, this year’s conversation will focus on creating an equitable post-pandemic future.

“We’re all seeking ways to move forward and to be constructive and creative in finding solutions to some of the challenges in our communities,” Ms. Taylor said.

Saturday’s event is dedicated to Esther A. H. Hopkins, environmental attorney, Framingham elected official and founding chair of Della Day, who died in May. Ms. Taylor underscored Ms. Hopkin’s instrumental role in starting the annual July tradition.

For Ms. Taylor, her identity on the Vineyard is inextricably linked to the impact her mother made here.

“It’s really quite remarkable to be in this community and be known as Della’s daughter,” she said. “It’s great to know that my mother was such a beloved person . . . and that people still remember and want to acknowledge that.”

Ms. Hardman’s mantra was “savor the moment.” Ms. Taylor said that she hopes attendees on Saturday take this phrase to heart.

“[My mother] closed out all of her columns over the decade or so that she wrote for [the Gazette] with those words as a reminder that life is fleeting. It’s precious. It’s exciting. It’s challenging. It’s really a gift, and we should never take it for granted,” she said.

To view the event on Saturday, visit