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Black History Month Celebration

Virginia State University and Chesterfield County proudly present the 31st Black History Month Celebration. Each February, Chesterfield County and Virginia State University celebrate Black History Month with a variety of programs designed to explore the rich, diverse heritage of African Americans and their contributions to our community and nation.  Join us for programs and events planned throughout the month.

Kick Off Celebration With this new afternoon event comes music, line dancing, food, and vendors. We’ll have Sud’n Change and DJ Chuck Stone keeping you on the dance floor. You don’t want to miss this ultimate party with a purpose kicking off this year’s Black History Month Celebration.  Virginia State University, Gateway Hall, 2894 Martin Luther King Dr., Virginia State University, VA 23806, Saturday, Feb. 1, 4-8 p.m.

Through the Generations: African American Art at the VMFA African American art from the VMFA’s traveling art collection will be available for viewing throughout the month of February during hours of operation. Meadowdale Library Monday, Jan. 27 - Saturday, Feb. 29.

Movie Feature: Loving (PG-13) A film based on the story of Richard and Mildred Loving and their fight against Virginia’s unjust interracial marriage laws. LaPrade Library Monday, Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m.

Origins of the First Twenty Africans Pia Spinner, a former interpreter from Henricus Historical Park, will share the origins of the first twenty Africans brought to America. Discover how the arrival of these men and women would shape the direction of a burgeoning nation. Bon Air Library Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-7 p.m. and Meadowdale Library Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-7 p.m.

Come Freedom, Come Film and stage actor Valerie Davis portrays Martha Ann Fields, an enslaved cook from Hanover, Virginia, in this captivating production. Hear how she took flight with her eight children and remade her life as a free woman. All ages. Meadowdale Library Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Leaders in Public Service Join retired Sergeant David Green, Battalion Chief Vince Urquhart, and Detective Darryl Skinner for a moderated discussion on the importance of public service and their individual journeys as groundbreaking professionals in their respective fields. Clover Hill Library Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-3 p.m.

Sounds of Cora Armstrong Bringing her keyboard and mellifluous voice, Cora Armstrong brings her gift of song to Chesterfield. Join us for a night of music, storytelling and fellowship. Anderson Turner Auditorium at VSU Monday, Feb. 10, 6-7 p.m.

Hip Hop Dance to Fitness This dance class offers neo traditional dance styles of the diaspora with fun international sounds. This is a great workout with Afrobeat music. Fun for all stages of fitness. Ettrick-Matoaca Library Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-7 p.m.

Project 1619 Calvin Pearson, founder of and president of Project 1619, will discuss his organization’s mission to promote awareness of the first Africans brought to America. Mr. Pearson will discuss the importance of the 400th anniversary of this momentous occasion and why it is essential we understand the human toll of slavery. Chester Library Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-7 p.m.

Calabash for Kids Be enlightened and entertained with cultural stories in the beautiful West African tradition. Share in the experience of song and dance. All ages. LaPrade Library Saturday, Feb. 15, 2-3 p.m.

Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad The Virginia Repertory Theatre shares the personal and historical journey of Harriet Tubman, the monumental American icon. For all ages. North Courthouse Road Library Monday, Feb. 17, 6-7 p.m.

Movie Feature: Thunder Soul (PG-13) Follow the reunion of Houston’s famous Kashmere High School Stage Band as they return to the stage to honor their beloved band leader. Chester Library Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m.

Why We Need Diverse Books with Lamar Giles Renowned author Lamar Giles talks about the importance of diversity in literature and the power of personal stories. Giles will discuss why seeing representations of all people is an essential element to literature’s survival. Meadowdale Library Friday, Feb. 21, 7-8 p.m.

Racial Segregation: Then and Now Join Dr. John Moeser and author Margaret Edds to learn how two Virginia lawyers helped Thurgood Marshall bring down the Jim Crow system. This lecture will give you a peek into the personal lives of these attorneys and the struggles they endured during the trial and after their work was done. Bon Air Library Saturday, Feb. 22, 2-3:30 p.m.

A Little Child Shall Lead Them: School Desegregation in Prince Edward County Author and professor Brian J. Daugherity will discuss the student strike that pushed Prince Edward County to become a part of Brown v. Board of Education. Professor Daugherity will go over the personal documents, speeches and court cases that led to this groundbreaking case. Midlothian Library Monday, Feb. 24, 6-7 p.m.

The Neighborhoods of Urban Richmond Take a virtual historic tour of Richmond’s popular African American neighborhoods such as 13th Street Bottom, Buchanan, Fulton and Navy Hill located in and around Shockoe Bottom. Learn how these communities helped create Richmond into an economic hub. Enon Library Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6-7 p.m.

Jazz in the Civil Rights Era Flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq discusses and performs jazz pieces that provide an understanding and appreciation of jazz, its historical significance, and its role in the civil rights movement. Central Library Saturday, Feb. 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.