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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.

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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.

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. 19, 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.

The Jazz of Plunky and Oneness

Thursday, Feb. 18, 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.  

Annual Scholarship Recognition  

Friday, Feb. 19, 8 a.m.
Join us for a virtual program to recognize six outstanding Chesterfield County high school seniors and the business community for their achievements and contributionsThe 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.  

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, 12-12:30 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.

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.