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Black History Month Celebration

Virginia State University and Chesterfield County proudly presents the 32nd Black History Month Celebration. Each February, Chesterfield County and Virginia State University celebrate the 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 virtual programs and events planned throughout the month.

History of Pleasant View School  

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. - Stonebridge Recreation Center, 230 Karl Linn Drive
This presentation addresses the history of one of the last preserved African American school houses built during the segregated era in Chesterfield County. Learn about the importance of the Rosenwald school project and the connections many of the schools had that were built throughout the South. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 804-748-1623 and request course number 38191. For details, call Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.

Kick Off Celebration  

Saturday, Feb. 6, 3-5 p.m.
Join us from the comfort of your home to kick off the month with Comedian Antoine Scott and dancing to your favorite music with DJ Foot. You don’t want to miss this ultimate virtual party with a purpose kicking off this year’s Black History Month Celebration. View the event flyer (PDF) and the livestream of the Kick Off Celebration.

My Story of a Sharecropper's Life

Saturday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m. - Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop
Join local Matoaca author James McKnight as he will share his recent book that recounts the life of his grandfather’s experiences as a sharecropper. The speaker will discuss the influential life of his grandfather William Holliday who was a sharecropper in South Carolina and lived 112 years. Through personal stories of relatives and documentation, Mr. McKnight will share the impact of his grandfather’s life and legacy during this presentation. Space is limited and reservations are required. For details, call Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.

Say Her Name with Zoe Spencer 

Monday, Feb. 8, 7-8 p.m.
Dr. Spencer shares the history of racial injustice as it relates to African American women in this spoken word performance “Say Her Name.” Dr. Spencer will answer questions after her performance. For teens and adults. Registration begins Jan. 25. Available for 30 days after premiere date. 

Black Families and the Great Migration  

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7-8 p.m.
Learn how the Great Migration changed the course of life for Black families in America. For teens and adults. Registration begins Jan. 26. Available for 30 days from premiere date. 

The History and Importance of HBCUs 

Thursday, Feb. 11, 7-8 p.m.
Dr. Cheryl Mango, Assistant Professor of History at Virginia State University, discusses the history of Historically Black Universities and Colleges. Gain a deeper appreciation for these important educational institutions. For teens and adults. Registration begins Jan. 28. Available for 30 days from premiere date. 

Uncle Ty-Rone

Friday, Feb. 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Uncle Ty-Rone gets you laughing and dancing with music, friends and good vibes. Registration begins Jan. 29. Available for 14 days after premiere date.  

Queen Nur: Sweet Potato Pie and Such 

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2-3 p.m.
Enjoy a buffet of flavorful tales from the African and African American oral tradition. This program is designed for participation and jubilant celebration. For kids and families. Registration begins Jan. 30.  

Representation of the Black Family 

Monday, Feb. 15, 7-8 p.m.
Dr. Vanessa Holden of the University of Kentucky discusses her book “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity." Registration begins Feb. 1. Available for 30 days after premiere date. 

An evening with Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi 

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7-8 p.m.
Join Jason Reynolds and Dr. Kendi as they discuss their collaboration on “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” a young adult adaptation of Dr. Kendi’s “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” Registration begins Jan. 20.

Let it Shine! 

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2-3 p.m.
Bright Star Theatre introduces children to significant events and notable names of the Civil Rights Movement. For kids and families. Registration begins Feb. 6. Available for 7 days after premiere date.  

Take a Tour of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum 

Monday, Feb. 22, Noon-12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a virtual tour of the exhibits of the Mississippi Civil Right Museum. This lunchtime program shares information about the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Registration begins Feb. 8. This video will be available for 30 days from premiere date.

The Jazz of Plunky and Oneness

Monday, Feb. 22, 7-8 p.m.
Join Mr. J. Plunky Branch for a short talk on the Black experience and Jazz. Stay for a performance with his band. Registration begins Feb. 4. Available for 30 days after premiere date.  

Black Women in Culture

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7-8 p.m.
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dr. Grace Gipson discusses how Black women are portrayed in American Culture.   For teens and adults. Registration begins Feb. 9. This video will be available for 30 days from premiere date.  

Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football 

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7-8 p.m.
Samuel Freedman, author of “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights” joins us for a discussion of his books. For teens and adults. Registration begins Feb. 11. This video will be available for 30 days from premiere date. 

Black Men Read

Friday, Feb. 26, 7-8 p.m.
Black Men Read is a Chesterfield based organization that strives for every Black boy and man across the globe to have access to and to actively seek wisdom in the pages of a book. Join Demetrius Frazier from Black Men Read and discuss the book “We Want to do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom” by Bettina Love.  A limited number of copies of the book will be given to registrants in advance of the program. Registration begins Jan. 26. Available for 30 days after premiere date.

How Faith Got Us Through

Saturday, Feb. 27 - Noon - Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road
In celebration of Black History Month, first person interpreter and storyteller, Theresa G, will provide an insightful program on the African American cultureIn this moving presentation, Ms. G will discuss the importance of faith in the African American community and share the stories of how enslaved Africans have made the transition as a culture, and advanced to higher heights in business, communications, entertainment, sports and so much more. In a mixture of stories and monologuesthis thought provoking presentation will have you laughing and crying. Space is limited and reservations are required. For details, call Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498

Annual Scholarship Recognition  

Tuesday, Mar. 2, 8 a.m. (Postponed from Feb. 19 due to inclement weather)
Join us for a virtual program to recognize six outstanding Chesterfield County high school seniors and the business community for their achievements and contributions. The Annual Scholarship Recognition program will be available for viewing on Comcast Channel 98, Verizon Channel 28 and live streamed on chesterfield.gov and the County’s YouTube channel.

Watch the full event video and view the Black History Month 2021 Scholarship Recognition Program (PDF) and Black History Month 2021 Scholarship Recognition Student Biographies (PDF).