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Chesterfield County
Department of Human Resources
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040

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Administration Building
Third Floor, Room 302
9901 Lori Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

 
Black History Month
Events

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2018 Black History Month Celebration
African Americans in Times of War

As part of this community’s Black History Month celebration, Chesterfield County Public Library and the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will host a variety of programs celebrating Black History Month, including musical performances and historical interpretations.

All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is suggested for many of the library programs and may be done online at Register for Events. 

For more information, call 804-751-CCPL. For library addresses, visit Use the library, Chesterfield County Library.

Events Listing 

Kickoff Musical Event
Live musical performance with Fully Loaded Band. Hosted by comedian Antoine Scott, with DJ Chuck Stone.
Registration is required for this event. Register by calling 751-CCPL.

  • Friday, Feb. 2, 7-9:30 p.m., Virginia State University, Gateway Dining Event Center, 1 Hayden Drive, VSU
     

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African Folktales
Storyteller Charmaine Crowell-White tells traditional African and African American folktales, including tales of High John the Trickster.
Registration begins two weeks before each program.

  • Saturday, Feb. 3, 10:30-11:15 a.m., LaPrade Library
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7:30-8:15 p.m., Meadowdale Library
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30-8:15 p.m., Clover Hill Library
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 1:30-2:15 p.m., Enon Library

African Americans in Midlothian, Va.
Discover the rich and often-overlooked history of African Americans in the village of Midlothian. Audrey Ross, historian for the First Baptist Church of Midlothian, the oldest African American church in Chesterfield, and member of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s African American History Committee, will share glimpses gathered from years of research.
Registration begins Jan. 25.

  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-noon, Midlothian Library

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African Americans in Chesterfield County
Audrey Ross, historian for the First Baptist Church of Midlothian and member of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s African American History Committee, presents a historical overview of the lives, accomplishments and contributions of African Americans in Chesterfield County.
Registration begins Jan. 27.

  • Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-noon, Chester Library

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Jackie Robinson
Learn about Jackie Robinson as he learns valuable lessons from his mother, then cheer him on as he scores his first home run as a professional baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
For ages 5-10. Registration begins Feb. 3.

  • Saturday, Feb. 17, 10:30-11:15 a.m., North Courthouse Road Library

Honoring Chesterfield County African American World War I and II Veterans
Hear the stories and history of African Americans who served in World War I and World War II. Through lecture and discussion, learn about conditions of service in the United States and abroad, and honor Chesterfield County servicemen and servicewomen by learning their stories.

  • Saturday, Feb. 17 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield (corrected location)

Honoring Chesterfield County African American World War I and II Veterans
A lecture/discussion about African Americans who served in WW I and WW II, focusing on their conditions of service in the U.S. and abroad. This program honors those servicemen and servicewomen from Chesterfield County by sharing their stories and soliciting information about others. Presented by the African American History Committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society of VA.  

  • Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield

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Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History
Listen to the songs that impacted American music, from songs of slavery (“Hoe Emma Hoe”) and the hymns of the Underground Railroad (“Follow the Drinking Gourd”) to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the civil rights movement. In this production, actors and singers will tell the stories of famous and forgotten hymns, work songs and music.
For ages 8 and up. Registration begins Feb. 3.

  • Saturday, Feb. 17, 2-2:45 p.m., Meadowdale Library

 Frederick Douglass – for grades K-12
Nathan M. Richardson reenacts Frederick Douglass’ life as a slave, his escape to freedom and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist. Children will hear Douglass’ “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July” speech.
Registration begins Feb. 5.

  • Monday, Feb. 19, 1-2 p.m., Ettrick-Matoaca Library

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The Life of Frederick Douglass
Poet, author and spoken word performer Nathan M. Richardson details the life of Frederick Douglass, from his time as a slave to his escape and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist.
For all ages registration begins Feb. 5.

  • Monday, Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m., Bon Air Library

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Speaking of Jazz with Victor Haskins’ Skein
Hear how jazz music developed over time in this interactive performance! Learn the basic concepts behind jazz and other music rooted in African American culture, such as improvisation, rhythm and communication. Victor Haskins' Skein will perform music from different eras to demonstrate compositions and stylistic developments from black musicians throughout the history of jazz.
Registration begins Feb. 6.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7-8 p.m., North Courthouse Road Library

Beyond Black History Month
Get a historical perspective on race in the United States and how it has impacted education locally and nationally. Discuss current events in our society impacted by race and learn how to create compassionate, meaningful dialogue that extends beyond Black History Month.
Registration begins Feb. 10.

  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, Meadowdale Library

All Black History Month programs and scholarships are funded entirely by private donations.