Area Black History Month events
1/27/2017, 7:50 p.m.
History, art, culture and the triumphs of African-American people will mark area programs and celebrations during Black History Month. Activities including art exhibits, films, musical performances and more will highlight the festivities, which are scheduled from Jan. 27 through Feb. 26. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
“Community”: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. Art exhibit features works by local artists Virginia R. Coleman and Cheryl Clayton. Sponsored by the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. Info: (804) 646-1087.
“Carry On: The Life and Legacy of Maggie Lena Walker”: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St. Short film from the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site traces the trials and triumphs of Richmond’s pioneering banker and civil rights activist. Sponsored by the National Park Service. Info: www.nps.gov/mawa.
“Jack Johnson Exhibition”: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, Premier Bank, 320 N. First St. J&S Studio and Gallery owner Jack Johnson will discuss his work as a sculptor; refreshments will be served. Sponsored by African American Heritage Association of Virginia. Info: Kent Ruffin at (804) 649-7400 or email@example.com.
“Race Against Prime Time”: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, John Tyler Community College Midlothian Campus, 800 Charter Colony Pkwy., Hamel Hall, H109. Documentary screening and discussion, led by Michael Ruiz, sociology instructor. Info: Holly Walker, (804) 594-1530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Slavery by Another Name”: Noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, John Tyler Community College Chester Campus, 13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Bird Hall, B132. Documentary screening and discussion led by Dr. James Williams, sociology professor. Info: Holly Walker, 594-1530 or email@example.com.
“From Tragedy to Triumph – The Martha Ann Fields Story”: 4 and 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, Virginia Union University’s Belgian Theatre, 1500 N. Lombardy St. Play tells the story of the trials and triumphs of a woman enslaved in Hanover County who escaped to freedom in 1862. Featuring actress Valerie Davis. Sponsored by VUU Theatre Program. Info: (804) 257-5600.
“Black History Month Out Loud”: 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, John Tyler Community College Midlothian Campus, 800 Charter Colony Pkwy., T Building, Lynn Theatre. Members of the college’s Theatre Club present readings from black writers and selections from plays. Led by Kerrigan Sullivan, theatre professor. Info: Holly Walker, (804) 594-1530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“First Fridays at the Seminary: Celebrating Dr. John W. Kinney”: 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, reception at the Black History Museum, 122 W. Leigh St., with “God’s Half Acre: Virginia Union University and Freedom’s Religion,” a presentation by Dr. Kinney, dean of VUU’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, at 7 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 216 W. Leigh St. Sponsored by VUU’s Center for Lifelong Learning and Leadership. Info: (804) 257-5600.
“Generation Dream 2017”: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Richmond Public Library Main Library Downtown, 101 E. Franklin St.; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby St.; and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb.19, VCU’s Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St. Richmond Peace Education Center’s annual tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Info: RPEC@rpec.org of (804) 232-1002.