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Black History Month February 2020

Black History Month - February 2020

Presented by Chesterfield County and Virginia State University

Black History Month February 2020


Movie Feature: Loving 

Monday, Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m.  
LaPrade Library

A film based on the story of Richard and Mildred Loving and their fight against Virginia’s unjust interracial marriage laws.


Origins of the First Twenty Africans

Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-7 p.m.  
Bon Air Library

Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-7 p.m.  
Meadowdale Library

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.


Come Freedom, Come

Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Meadowdale Library

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.


Leaders in Public Service

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-3 p.m. 
Clover Hill Library

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 journey as groundbreaking professionals in their respective fields.


Gospel Sounds of Cora Armstrong

Monday, Feb. 10, 6-7 p.m. 
Anderson Turner Auditorium at VSU

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.


Hip Hop Dance to Fitness

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-7 p.m.  
Ettrick-Matoaca Library

This dance class offers neo traditional dance styles of the diaspora with fun international sounds. This is a great workout with Afrobeat music. For all stages of fitness.


Project 1619

Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-7 p.m.  
Chester Library

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.


Calabash for Kids

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2-3 p.m.  
LaPrade Library

Be enlightened and entertained with cultural stories in the beautiful West African tradition. Share in the experience of song and dance. All ages.


Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Monday, Feb. 17, 6-7 p.m.  
North Courthouse Road Library

The Virginia Repertory Theatre shares the personal and historical journey of Harriet Tubman, the monumental American icon. All ages.


Movie Feature: Thunder Soul 

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m.  
Chester Library

Follow the reunion of Houston’s famous Kashmere High School Stage Band as they return to the stage to honor their beloved band leader.


Why We Need Diverse Books with Lamar Giles

Friday, Feb. 21, 7-8 p.m.  
Meadowdale Library

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.


Racial Segregation: Then and Now

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2-3:30 p.m.  
Bon Air Library

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.


 A Little Child Shall Lead Them: School Desegregation in Prince Edward County

Monday, Feb. 24, 6-7 p.m.  
Midlothian Library

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.


The Neighborhoods of Urban Richmond

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6-7 p.m.  
Enon Library

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.


Jazz in the Civil Rights Era

Saturday, Feb. 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  
Central Library

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.

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