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.
Feb. 5- 26
Jazz Café at the VMFA: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Thursday in February at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard. Featuring regional African-American jazz artists: Feb. 5, Lani Bass; Feb. 12, Butcher Brown; Feb. 19, Billy Williams; Feb. 26, Hotel X. Info: (804) 340-1400.
In Their Own Words: My Story of Living with HIV: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh St. In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, celebrate the lives of African-Americans living, loving and thriving in the face of HIV. Registration requested at https://67480.blackbaudhosting.com/67480/In-Their-Own-Words-My-Story-of-Living-with-HIV. Info: (804) 780-9093.
African-Americans in Chesterfield County: 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Chesterfield County Public Library’s Midlothian Library, 5221 Coalfield Road, and 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Chester Library, 11800 Centre St. Historian Audrey Ross, a member of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s African-American History Committee, will share research highlighting contributions of African-Americans in the county. Registration required. Info: www.library.chesterfield.gov or (804) 751-CCPL.
Feb. 8 – 17
Free Man of Color: Times vary at Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company presents a play about John Newton Templeton, an ex-slave who attends and graduates from Ohio University 35 years before the end of slavery. Written by Charles Smith, directed by Toney Q. Cobb and starring Jamar Jones, Ken Moretti and Mara Barrett. Info: (804) 646-3677.
Culture4MyKids Inc.: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, Robinson Theater, 2903 Q St. Roots and legacies will be presented in a journey through time — from Africa to America. It is a story of self-discovery that will inspire and enrich the community. This one-hour program is geared toward children of all ages. Purchase tickets at www.culture4mykids.org. Info: (804) 410-1075.
Elegba Folklore Society Presents A Celebratory Concert: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. Performers will present African dance and music from the Mandingo cosmology of West Africa in an interactive concert spiced with folktales and historical reflection. Info: (804) 644-3900.
Richmond: Freedom Fighters at Rest: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, The Camel History Happy Hour, 1621 W. Broad St. Brian Palmer and Erin Hollaway Palmer present post-war stories of African-American soldiers from the Civil War and what their final resting places in Richmond’s East End and Evergreen cemeteries reveal about African-American life in the former capital of the Confederacy. Info: (804) 649-1861.
Nelson Beats the Odds: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh St. Literary Saturdays presents author Ronnie Nelson Sidney II and his book about a young boy who succeeds academically and reaches his full potential despite a learning disability and ADHD. Registration requested at https://67480.blackbaudhosting.com/67480/Literary-Saturdays-Presents--Ronnie-Nelson-Sidney-II-LCSW. Info: (804)780-9093.
Black History Month Festival: 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg. Featuring performances by the Petersburg High School Choir and Band, Virginia State University Gospel Chorale, Fort Lee Army Band, Soul 2 Sole Dance Theater, Petersburg Communities, Inc., and J. Baxter and the SAUCE Band. Food by Mama J’s.
From Tragedy to Triumph: The Martha Ann Fields Story: 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave. Valerie Davis performs the story of an enslaved cook and her harrowing escape in 1862 with eight children from Hanover to Fort Monroe. $5 to $10 donation requested. Presented by Culture4MyKids. Info: (804) 410-1075.
The Hail Storm: John Dabney in Virginia: 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh St. The life of an incomparable Richmond chef is presented in a special screening of a new documentary. Guests will enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres inspired by Chef Dabney as well as a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers, Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren; historian Elvatrice Belsches; and Shola Walker of Mahogany Sweets in Jackson Ward. Advance purchase tickets $35. Registration requested at https://67480.blackbaudhosting.com/67480/The-Hail-Storm-John-Dabney-in-Virginia. Info: (804) 780-9093.