Black History Month concerts, plays, talks and other special events are happening all month long.
A few stand-outs include a special free performance by Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes at the VMFA, a celebration of James Brown at Unity Church, ten-year-old motivational speaker Elijah Coles-Brown and many more.
Find them right here:
The Maggie Walker Story
Now through Feb. 15
One-hour play celebrating Richmond’s late, great Maggie Walker, the nation’s first woman bank president. The play covers her life, starting with her work at St. Luke, a national savings group formed to pay the burial expenses of poor blacks and her rise as a major civil rights leader. For ages 7 and up. The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn. Times vary. $18. Check the website for details.
Richmond Boys’ Choir
Sunday, Feb. 1
The Richmond Boys’ Choir kick-off Black History Month with a performance at 3 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, central location, 2626 West Broad St., included in museum admission, $8 adults and children, free for members, 474-7063.
Speaking of Jazz with the Victor Haskins Group
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Hear how jazz music developed over time and learn the basic concepts behind jazz and other music rooted in African-American culture at 7 p.m. at the Chesterfield Central Library, 9501 Lori Rd., free, but registration required, 751-CCPL (2275).
Jazz Café at the VMFA
Thursdays only, Feb. 5-26
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will feature regional African-American jazz artists all month long in the popular Jazz Café. Lani Bass on Feb. 5, Butcher Brown on Feb. 12, Billy Williams on Feb. 19 and Hotel X on Feb. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the VMFA Best Café, VMFA, 200 N. Blvd, free, 340-1400.
Feb. 6-April 30
Elegba Folklore Society presents paintings by veteran Richmond area artists P. Muzi Branch and William "Blue” Johnson in an exhibition called “Congruent Images” with a public reception on Feb. 6 as a part of the First Fridays Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Elegba Folklore Society, 101 E Broad. St., free, 644-3900.
Generation Dream 2015
Friday, Feb. 6
The Richmond Peace Education Center presents “Generation Dream 2015” where young people commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with song, dance, music and original spoken word at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St., free, 646-7223.
Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes
Friday, Feb. 6
In honor of Black History month, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will host a special performance of Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes for First Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. VMFA, 200 N. Blvd, free, 340-1400.
Spiritual Cinema: Watermelon Man
Friday, Feb. 6
A screening of “Watermelon Man,” a 1970’s comedy about race relations, for Black History Month at 7 p.m. at Unity of Richmond, 800 Blanton Ave., free, 278-6489.
American Lives, Richmond Voices: Cannon, Cartridges & Canals
Saturdays only, February 7-28
Join living historians as they portray three fascinating Richmonders in1863: Tredegar Iron Works owner-operator, Joseph Reid Anderson, Tredegar’s canal fleet manager, William Brackens and Confederate States Laboratory worker, Mary Ryan at 1 p.m. at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., included with museum admission ($8 for adults), 649-1861 x123.
Saturday, Feb. 7
Clap and sing along to traditional African song and dance led by Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation. Two performances at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Children’s Museum of Richmond, Central location, 2626 West Broad St. Included in museum admission, $8 adults and children, free for members. 474-7063.
The Importance of Heritage Education
History is old, but is it relevant? Does heritage contribute to sustainable pathways for the future? An African American History Month program for all ages, presented by local historian Rev. Monica Esparza of AfroCity Tours. Broad Rock Branch Library, 4820 Old Warwick Rd., 646-8488.
"Matinees with Miss Maggie"
Feb. 7-Feb. 28
The Maggie L. Walker national historic site will be running their popular film series, "Matinees with Miss Maggie," in honor of Black History Month. This year's series, subtitled "Hollywood in Jim Crow Richmond," features four vintage films from Maggie Walker's time. Films will be shown each Saturday in February. “Whispering Wires” (1926, silent) on Feb. 7, “The Girl from Chicago” (1932) on Feb. 14, “Emperor Jones” (1933) on Feb. 21 and “The Little Colonel” (1935) on Feb. 28. All films shown at 1 p.m. in the park visitor center, 600 N. 2nd St., free, 771-2017.
The Moses of Our People
Actress Charmaine Crowell-White brings to life the fearless and determined story of Harriet Tubman in a masterful portrayal that reveals how she was able to rescue more than 300 slaves and become known as the “Moses of her people. Saturday, Feb. 7, 10:30 a.m. at Ettrick-Matoaca Library; Monday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. at Chesterfield Central Library, Saturday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. at Midlothian Library. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at Meadowdale Library. Free, but registration is required. 751-CCPL (2275).
Searching For Your Roots: African-American Genealogy
Joan Jackson, president of the Chesterfield Historical Society, will discuss her own experiences in researching her roots, and explain some of the techniques and resources that can help in researching your family tree. Free, but registration is required. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Chesterfield Central Library, 9501 Lori Rd., 751-CCPL (2275).
Storytime at Virginia Historical Society: Black History Month
Feb. 7 & Feb. 21
Stop by the museum every Saturday for a group reading of a history-themed picture book and a make-it-and-take-it craft activity. This month’s books explore Black History Month with Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine on Feb. 7 and Ellen's Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons on Feb. 21. 11 a.m. Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, free, 342-9652.
View from the Backstairs
Saturday, Feb. 7 & Sunday, Feb. 8
Maymont honors Black History Month with a special tour that explores working-class life as an African-American butler, maid, cook and laundress at the Dooley mansion at turn of the 20th century. View from the Backstairs tours explore the daily challenges of maintaining the Dooley mansion from 1893 to 1925, as well as the challenges beyond the estate’s gates in the Jim Crow South. Guided tours available every half-hour starting at noon; last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. at 1700 Hampton St., $7 per person, $4 members, 358-7166, ext. 329.
Black History Month Celebration Concert
Sunday, Feb. 8
A Black History Month Celebration concert featuring The One Voice Chorus Ensemble and organist Rasaan Hakiem Bourke at 3 p.m., River Road Church, 8000 River Rd., free and open to the public, donations accepted, 288-1131.
The Richmond Slave Trade & the Civil War
Thursday, Feb. 12
Jack Trammell, professor of sociology at Randolph-Macon College, presents his research into the history of the slave trade in Richmond, especially as it relates to Richmond’s "Wall Street” during the Civil War at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., $10, 649-1861.
Black History Month Art Exhibition
Feb. 13-March 13
A group art exhibit featuring more than 20 prominent African-American artists in a show entitled “Isn’t She Lovely” at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center. Opens on Friday, Feb. 13 with a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 4901 Old Brook Rd., free, 646-6722.
The Whipping Man
Feb. 13-March 8
The Virginia Repertory presents “The Whipping Man” at the November Theatre. The play takes place in Richmond in 1865 just after the Civil War. A Confederate officer comes home to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining. The three men find themselves digging up family secrets that touch on topics of war and slavery. 114 W. Broad St., tickets $38-$46, 282-2620.
Women of Color Conference
Friday, Feb. 13
The Women of Color Conference will feature ‘Colored Girl Confidential’ blogger LC Johnson at the University of Richmond. Johnson will discuss issues facing women of color with the topic “When I Look at You I See…” from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jepson Alumni Center, 28 Westhampton Way, free and open to the public, but registration is required, 289-8468.
Saturday, Feb. 14
Ten-year-old motivational speaker Elijah Coles-Brown will recite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and speak about what inspires and motivates him at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, central location, 2626 West Broad St., included in museum admission, $8 adults and children, free for members, 474-7063.
Richmond Boys Choir
Saturday, Feb. 14
The Richmond Boys Choir performs a special selection for Chesterfield County’s celebration of Black History Month at 3 p.m. at Chesterfield Central Library, 9501 Lori Rd, free, 751-CCPL (2275).
Paths to Freedom
Sunday, Feb. 15
Join the American Civil War Museum for a guided tour of their signature exhibit In the Cause of Liberty that will highlight artifacts and displays relevant to the African-American experience before, during and after the American Civil War at 1 p.m., 500 Tredegar St., included with admission, ($8 for adults), 649-1861.
Documentary of VCU's Final Four Journey at Byrd Theatre
Sunday, Feb. 15
The VCU Rams make the big screen with a showing of “Unbelievable is Believable Here,” a documentary about their amazing ride to the Final Four. The VCU Peppas will perform at 1 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. The film will be introduced by director Phil Wall and there will be a Q & A and signing with former VCU all-star Darius Theus and others after the film. Free to attend, donations are requested. Advanced VIP reserved seating in balcony for $10 minimum donation to the Byrd Theatre Foundation and the “Journey to the Seats” campaign, Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., 986-9564.
Teacher Workshop, African American Dreams: Poets, Painters, Singers
Thursday, Feb. 19
Teacher workshop on the African-American experience as represented by works in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The workshop also explores writers including Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 4:30 p.m. at the VMFA, 200 N. Blvd., $20 admission, $18 for members, 340-1400.
Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names
Thursday, Feb. 19
In honor of Black History Month, Lauranett Lee and Paige Newman of the Virginia Historical Society will demonstrate how to use the VHS database, Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names at 7 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr., 290-9130.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: The Confederate Debate About Arming the Slaves
Friday, Feb. 20
Using manuscripts and printed items from The Museum and White House of the Confederacy’s library collections, historian John Coski will explore the debate over enlisting African-American soldiers and its significance for modern debates about “Black Confederates” at 1201 E. Clay St., free, 649-1861.
Saturday, Feb. 21
Chesterfield Children’s Theatre is bringing their play “Acceptance” to the Children’s Museum of Richmond, Chesterfield location, to teach acceptance in all forms—racial, religious, and more -- at 11 a.m., 6629 Lake Harbour Dr., Midlothian, included in museum admission, $8 adults and children, free for members, 474-7075.
Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Black History Month Talk
Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker is coming to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Church Hill to offer a short talk on his involvement with the recent book "A Light Shines in Harlem: New York's First Charter School and the Movement it Led" and take questions from the audience of youth and community members. Dr. Walker was the former Chief of Staff to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement and former pastor in Harlem for 37 years. Dr. Walker began his work in Petersburg, VA and lives there today. The first 50 attendees will receive copies of "A Light Shines in Harlem" signed by Dr. Walker. RSVP information at http://bit.ly/FindALegacy. 11 a.m.
“I’m Black & I’m Proud:” The Soul & Spirit of James Brown
Friday, Feb. 27
Cultural Libations presents “I’m Black & I’m Proud,” The Soul & Spirit of James Brown, featuring music from Quintessential Jazz, stories about James Brown, a James Brown impersonator and motivational speaker Elijah Coles Brown at 7:30 p.m. at Unity of Richmond, 800 Blanton Ave., free, donations accepted to benefit the Black History Museum, 434-808-2472.
Saturday, Feb. 28
The Elegba Floklore Society talks about the contributions and influences that originated in Africa and surround us today at 10:30 a.m. at LaPrade Library, 2 p.m. at Chester Library, free, 751-CCPL (2275).
Black History Month Segway Tours
All month long
River City Segs is featuring a Black History Segway Tour that tours through the old slave trading district in Shockoe Bottom, up to Jackson Ward, on to the Capitol Grounds to see the Civil Rights Monument. The tour highlights the stories of Maggie Walker, Henry “Box “Brown, John Mitchell Jr, and Barbra Johns. Two hour tour, offered at $50 per two people. Tours daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. or by calling 343-6105.
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