Area Black History Month events
History, art, culture and the triumphs of African-American people will mark area programs and celebrations during Black History Month
2/2/2018, 7:17 a.m.
Richmond Boys Choir: 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad St. Performance by “Richmond’s Ambassadors of Song” kicks off Black History Month. Concert included in museum admission, $8 adults and children; free for members. Info: (804) 474-7063.
Feb. 1 - Feb. 15
The Maggie Walker Story: Times vary at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. This one-hour play for children age 7 and older celebrates the Richmond native and the nation’s first woman bank president. Show times and ticket info: (804) 282-2620.
Feb.1 - March 2
Round Robin: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. Exhibition celebrating quilts made by members of the Kuumba African American Quilting Guild of Richmond. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Info: (804) 646-6722.
Feb. 2 - 25
Songs from the Soul: Times vary at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. This toe-tapping musical narrative, written and directed by William “Billy” Dye, examines the evolution of African-American music — from spirituals to jazz to rap — and the essential role it has played in American life. Show times and ticket info: (804) 282-2620.
Generation Dream 2018: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Richmond Public Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St., and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, VCU’s Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St. Richmond Peace Education Center’s Generation Dream 2018 features talented young performers from Central Virginia honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through music, dance and spoken word. Info: RPEC@rpec.org or (804) 232-1002.
Open House and Artist Talk: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center, 101 E. Broad St. Featuring the paintings of Cheryl Clayton in an exhibition titled “Revision” on view through Feb. 23. Ms. Clayton will discuss her painting technique and the socio-cultural messages embedded in her work. Info: (804) 644-3900.
Women’s Resilience Circle: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center, 101 E. Broad St. Women age 50 and older resetting their lives are invited to find support while exploring relationships, reflecting on life experiences and along the path toward personal fulfillment at this free event. Info: (804) 644-3900.
Remembering 1968: A Tribute to MLK: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, Dominion Energy Center at Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace St. Steven Smith, conductor, with members of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and university choruses from across Virginia. Info: (804) 592-3400.
Feb. 3 - 24
Matinees with Miss Maggie: 1 p.m. each Saturday in February at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, 600 N. 2nd St. Featuring free films on the theme “Memorializing the Movement: Civil Rights Monuments and Memorials.” Feb. 3, “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy”; Feb. 10, “Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP”; Feb. 17, “Freedom Riders”; Feb. 24, “4 Little Girls.” Info: (804) 771-2017.