Jan. 22, 2024
Community Engagement and Resources
The longstanding tradition of paying tribute to the significant role Black Americans have played in Chesterfield County’s history continues into its 35th year.
Chesterfield and Virginia State University will celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February with a variety of programs designed to explore the diverse heritage of Black Americans, their many accomplishments and their ongoing contributions to our community and nation. The theme of this year’s celebration is African American and the Arts.
The month-long celebration is packed full of events, including the official “kick off” on Saturday, Feb. 3, with a day-party from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with music from the band Curv Appeal and DJ Chuck Stone. Break it Down RVA Line Dancing will once again get you moving at VSU’s Gateway Dining Center.
Additionally, the Chesterfield County Public Library is once again sponsoring several free activities and events during Black History Month including an exploration of the work of Bisa Butler, an award-winning African American textile artist known for her vibrant, larger-than-life quilted portraits and a meet-and-greet with Tony Atlas, who was the first full-time African American batboy in Major League Baseball. There are also other impactful events planned in Chesterfield like a deep dive into the life and historic contributions of Richmond’s own Maggie Walker, a lecture on the history of Group Camp 7, which was once a segregated portion of what is now Pocahontas State Park, and a performance from the VCU Small Jazz Ensemble.
The Black History Month Annual Scholarship Recognition event will recognize six outstanding Chesterfield high school seniors for their achievements and the business community for their contributions. The program, which is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, will be by-invitation only but a recording will be made available on the county’s YouTube channel.
The annual “Leadership for the 21st Century Scholarship” recipients will also be announced during the Black History Month Annual Scholarship Recognition event. A high school senior will be selected from each of the county’s five magisterial districts, along with a sixth chosen from one of the regional governor schools, to be awarded a $2,500 scholarship.
For a list of all the Black History Month events sponsored by VSU, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, and Chesterfield County Public Library, visit our Black History Month Celebration webpage.