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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 ...

“First Friday: Plunky and Oneness”: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard. Juju Jazz Funk concert. Info: (804) 340-1405.

“Black Lives Matter Art Show”: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3., First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, 1000 Blanton Ave. A multicultural art show featuring the theme “Black Lives Matter.” Entries currently being accepted; for entry form and details, contact Jennifer Yane at JenniferUnlimited1@gmail.com with “BLM Art Show” in the subject line. Info: (804) 282-4436.

“Murry DePillars: Double Vision”: Friday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, June 3, Black History Museum, 122 W. Leigh St. Art exhibition features 37 pieces by the late Dr. DePillars, artist and former dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (1976-1995). Info: (804) 780-9093.

“Obscura”: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Elegba Folklore Society Cultural Center, 101 E. Broad St. Artist Nicole Wandera will discuss her collection of paintings. Info: Janine Bell, (804) 644-3900.

Feb. 4

“Matinees with Miss Maggie”: 1 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 4-25, Maggie Walker Historic Site, 600 N. 2nd St. Film series focusing on the lives and accomplishments of Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Ella Baker and Shirley Chisolm. Sponsored by the National Park Service. Info: (804) 771-2017 or www.nps.gov/mawa.

“Slavery & Freedom: Monticello and the National Museum of African American History and Culture with John W. Franklin”: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Milstein Theater at Monticello in Charlottesville. John W. Franklin, senior manager of the office of external affairs at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, talks about the new museum in Washington. Info: www.monticello.org

Feb. 7

“United Voices: Raising Awareness through Song &Word – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day”: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, Black History Museum, 122 W. Leigh St. Persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS will share stories of triumph and overcoming adversity. In partnership with Diversity Richmond. Info: (804) 622-4646 ext. 203.

“Defining Generations: African-American Artists”: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 7- 28, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard. $90; VMFA members, $75. The work of artists Hank Willis Thomas, Barkley Hendricks, Elizabeth Catlett and Louis Draper will be featured in the sessions on African-American artists. Info: (804) 340-1405.

Feb. 9

“From These Roots: A Musical Tribute to African-American Heritage”: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, Black History Museum, 122 W. Leigh St. Binford Middle School Orchestra and Chorus to perform with Soul of Dance performing arts dance troupe. Info: www.blackhistorymuseum.org.

“Protecting Our Women: The Rhetoric of Race, Rape and Lynching on ‘Black Wall Street’ ”: 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, John Tyler Community College Midlothian Campus, 800 Charter Colony Pkwy., Eliades Hall, E113/E115. Presented by Andrea Dunford, professor of English. Info: Holly Walker, (804) 594-1530 or hwalker@tcc.edu.

“Message from a Slave”: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, Friday, Feb. 10, Thursday, Feb. 16, Friday, Feb.17, and Saturday, Feb. 18; 10 a.m. Feb. 15, Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Rd. The play tells the story of a woman’s journey from a life of freedom into slavery. Sponsored by Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. Info: (804) 646-1087.