Chesterfield County is pleased to celebrate its 25th annual Black History Month in 2014. Each February for the past 25 years, Chesterfield County, with the help of many corporate and individual sponsors, has conducted numerous events that have made Chesterfield County the region’s leader in annual Black History Month commemorations.
This year, the county is sponsoring a series of free programs that includes storytelling, lectures, music and crafts. A new addition to the program this year is the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle film series. Three community discussion sessions will take place throughout February. Clips from documentary films about civil rights in America will be shown, and community conversations will take place about freedom and equality. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Another highlight of the month will be the annual Business Breakfast and Scholarship Recognition Program, which will feature Kay Coles James, president and founder of the Gloucester Institute, as the guest speaker. Six scholarships will be awarded to Chesterfield County high school students to be used at a Virginia college or university.