Black History Month In Hampton Roads

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Activities and Events in Hampton Roads in honor of Black History Month
 
Here is our BIG LIST of local family events in honor of Black History Month in Hampton Roads. These programs are for a variety of age groups.
 
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Black History Month in Hampton Roads

 
 
February 1, 2020
 
Date: Saturday, February1, 2020 from 10am-2pm
Location: Virginia Air & Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Virginia 23669
Description: Catch up with us on February 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to celebrate Black History Month. We will explore African American leaders in the STEM community and commemorate their achievements with some fun activities.
Cost: FREE with Museum Admission
 
Maritime Storytime: The Princess and the Pea at the Mariner's Museum (Newport News)
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:30-11:30am
Location: The Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
Description: What happens when a prince travels the world in search of a “real princess” to marry? Come along on a journey in The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora, who gives this Hans Christian Andersen classic a fresh spin set in Africa. Come celebrate Black History Month at The Mariners’ Museum and Park!
Cost: FREE with $1 Museum Admission
 
Black History Month Expo at North Suffolk Library (Suffolk)
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 11am-3pm
Location: North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road, Suffolk, VA 23435
Description: Celebrate Black history, achievements and excellence at this FREE event for all ages. Enjoy booths from local Black business owners, presentations, activities and more! There will be storytime with radio host and author Trevor Lucas, a Finding Purpose session with Beauty-N-We Health and Beauty Boutique owner and founder Natarsha Reid, Overcoming Adversity Discussion with authors and Suffolk natives Dr. Margaret Tolbert and Mrs. Jeanice Thomas, and a Comic Hero First Look with Willie Cordy, Jr. You do not need to be a library member to attend. More detailed information can be found through the library's online calendar.
Cost: FREE
 
Hurrah Players present "Black Girl Magic" at MacArthur Center (Norfolk)
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2pm
Location: MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Ave, Norfolk VA 23510
Description: An original show celebrating the history and accomplishments of African American women told through story and song. Conceived and written by Sharon Cook
Cost: FREE
 
Date: Saturdays, February 1, 8 15, 22, & 29, 2020at 4:30pm.
Location: The Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
Description: “Follow the Drinking Gourd” takes us back to the days when freedom was nothing more than a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked for hope to a certain constellation with its bright shining star. The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. The program is based on a children’s book, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This production incorporates historical images from the local region, Winter’s original artwork and music by Lovey Williams into a timeless experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Cost: FREE (museum admission is not required)
 

February 3, 2020
 
 
Maritime Mondays at The Mariners' Museum (Newport News)
Date: Monday, February 3, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Description: Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years. In honor of Black History Month, enjoy this week’s book, The Water Princess, which is based on the real-life childhood experience of supermodel Georgie Badiel, who dreamed of bringing clean drinking water to her African village. Written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
Cost: Free with $1 Museum admission
 
Let Your Magic Shine! at South Norfolk Library (Chesapeake)
Date: Monday, Feb 3, 2020 from 6-6:45pm
Location: South Norfolk Memorial Library, 801 Poindexter St, Chesapeake Va 23324
Description: Did someone say it's time for a celebration? Learn facts about African American heritage. Bring your magic to make our Black History Month Storytime shine. Get ready for stories, crafts and more. (Family Program)
Cost: FREE
 
February 4, 2020
 
 
Let Your Magic Shine! at Cuffee Library (Chesapeake)
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 4pm
Location: Cuffee Library, 2726 Border Rd, Chesapeake Virginia 23324
Description: Did someone say it's time for a celebration? Learn facts about African American heritage. Bring your magic to make our Black History Month Storytime shine. Get ready for stories, crafts and more. (Family Program)
Cost: FREE
 
Investigation Station: Black Inventors at Morgan Memorial Library (Suffolk)
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:30pm
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W Washington Street, Suffolk VA 23434
Description: Discover inventions created by historic black inventors. Experience different activities based off of inventors who have paved the way for the gadgets that we have today. Grades K-5. An African American History Month event.
Cost: FREE

Free Showings of "Harriet" at Regal Theaters at MacArthur Center (Norfolk)
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7pm and 9:30pm
Location: Regal Theaters at MacArthur Center, Norfolk VA
Description: Experience the unbelievable true story of Harriet Tubman, an American legend. In honor of Black History Month, Regal and Focus Features invite you to celebrate her life and legacy with Regal-exclusive Free Screenings on Tuesday, February 4 & Tuesday, February 11 at select Regal theatres. Two showings each day. 
Cost: FREE
 

February 5, 2020


Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 10am-12pm
Where: Princess Anne County Training School, Virginia Beach VA
Description: Enjoy this FREE Homeschool History Day at the Princess Anne Co. Training School/ Union Kempsville HS Museum located inside of Renaissance Academy. Includes a Tour of the Museum and Interactive Activities focused on African American History and the Struggle for Educational Freedom.  
Cost: Free

 
February 8, 2020

 
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10-11am
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Discover the influences of Africans and African Americans across the centuries and throughout the maritime world.
Cost: Included in $1 museum admission
 
Let My People Go: Moses Grandy's Fight for Financial Freedom at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (Portsmouth)
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 12-1:30pm
Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Annex, 400 High St, Portsmouth Virginia
Description: This is part of the series of the 2020 BLACK HISTORY NOW: CELEBRATING TODAY’S CHANGEMAKERS. Eric Sheperd of Diversity Restoration Solutions will take visitors on a video and photographic journey from West Africa to the Dismal Swamp Canal to tell the story of how his ancestor, Moses Grandy, used industry and thrift to purchase his freedom from slavery in the early 1800s.
 
Women on the Warfront: African-American Women on the Battlefields of History at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (Portsmouth)
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 12-1:30pm
Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Annex, 400 High St, Portsmouth Virginia
Description: This is part of a series of the 2020 BLACK HISTORY NOW: CELEBRATING TODAY’S CHANGEMAKERS. Taniki Richards of Just to Inspire will take visitors on a video and photographic journey through history as she explores the roles African and African-American women played in history’s greatest military conflicts, including her own experiences as an officer in the U.S. Marines Corps during the Iraqi War.
 
I Sherman Greene Chorale at Indian River Library (Chesapeake)
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 1-1:45pm
Location: Indian River Library, 2320 Old Greenbrier Road, Chesapeake VA
Description: Help celebrate Black History Month by enjoying an enlightening and inspirational program of choral performances of time-tested standards and contemporary pieces.
Cost: FREE
 
Frederick Douglass & The Women's Suffrage Movement at Main Street Library (Newport News)
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 2-3pm
Location: Main Street Library, 110 Main Street, Newport News VA 23601
Description: To celebrate Black History Month, come watch as Nathan Richardson portrays Frederick Douglass giving a famous speech about Women’s Suffrage to the International Council of Women in Washington D.C. No registration required and all are welcome. The program is made possible by Arts for Learning.
Cost: FREE
 
Date: Saturdays, February 1, 8 15, 22, & 29, 2020 at 4:30pm.
Location: The Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
Description: “Follow the Drinking Gourd” takes us back to the days when freedom was nothing more than a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked for hope to a certain constellation with its bright shining star. The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. The program is based on a children’s book, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This production incorporates historical images from the local region, Winter’s original artwork and music by Lovey Williams into a timeless experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION (museum admission is not required)
 
 
February 10, 2020
 
 
Maritime Mondays at The Mariners' Museum (Newport News)
Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 10:30 a.m.
Location: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Description: Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years. In honor of Black History Month, enjoy this week’s book, Earth Mother.
Cost: Free with $1 Museum admission
 
 
February 11, 2020
 
 
True Dedication: Trends Now and Then (Cosmetology) at Morgan Memorial Library (Suffolk)
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 5-7pm
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W Washington Street, Suffolk VA 23434
Description: True Dedication mentoring (TDM) will be focusing on the black history of cosmetology. This includes hairstyles, makeup, and much more. The youth will be educated on how trends back then can relate to trends in present day. True Dedication (TDM) is Suffolk Public Library’s inaugural Mentoring Program connecting young adults with positive adult role models in our community. Through building nurturing relationships and community support, TDM and its mentors strive to help each participant develop into their full potential and make positive life choices. This program is free and open to all participants ages 12-18. A Black History Month Event.
Cost: FREE 

Free Showings of "Harriet" at Regal Theaters at MacArthur Center (Norfolk)
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7pm and 9:30pm
Location: Regal Theaters at MacArthur Center, Norfolk VA
Description: Experience the unbelievable true story of Harriet Tubman, an American legend. In honor of Black History Month, Regal and Focus Features invite you to celebrate her life and legacy with Regal-exclusive Free Screenings on Tuesday, February 4 & Tuesday, February 11 at select Regal theatres. Two showings each day.
Cost: FREE
 
 
February 13, 2020
 
 
Paint Night: Black History Month at Morgan Memorial Library (Suffolk)
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:30pm
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W Washington Street, Suffolk VA 23434
Description: A Paint Night inspired by African-American History Month: for adults and teens 16+. A Black History Month Event.
 
 
February 14, 2020
 
 
Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 from 7-9:30pm
Location: Hugh Copeland Center, 112 W Wilson Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510
Description: An original show celebrating the history and accomplishments of African American women told through story and song. Conceived and written by Sharon Cook, The Hurrah Players are proud to present this one-of-a-kind show that you don't want to miss!
Cost: Adults $20, Children & Military $15
 
 
February 15, 2020

 
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 1-2pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Poet, Author, Spoken Word Performer Nathan M. Richardson captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the great writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Experience living history through his performance with special emphasis on the part of Douglas’ life working in the shipyards in Fells Point, Baltimore, MD.
Cost: Included in $1 museum admission
 
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:30am-1pm
Location: High & Green Street Corridor, Corner of High & Green Streets, Portsmouth VA
Description: Wear your favorite costume representing an African-American hero, past, present, regional, national, or international. Walk or ride a shuttle bus to see significant African-American sites in Portsmouth, concluding at the Portsmouth Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center at 900 Elm Ave.  The line-up begins at 10:30 am at High and Green Streets. Families, all ages.
Cost: To register, call 202.812.2804. Registration fees are $10.00 for an individual and $50.00 for 10 or more.
 
Black & Super: African American History in Comics at Morgan Memorial Library (Suffolk)
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 11am-2pm
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W Washington Street, Suffolk VA 23434
Description: Join us for our 2nd annual celebration of black superheroes and African American comic creators! Black and Super is a day filled with super-heroics, fun and activities for all ages. Throughout the day we will have story-time, games, activities, prizes, vendors and more. Don't forget to enter our 'Everyone is Super' contest for your chance to win amazing prizes! So grab your cape and get ready a super fun day!

Revolutionary War Spies (Newport News)
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 2-3pm
Location: Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave, Newport News VA
Description: Enter into the world of 18th Century espionage with a presentation by Senior Ranger Robert Brooks on the spy networks of the American Revolution. He will be discussing the Culper Spy Ring, the most successful spy ring on either side during the Revolution and subject of the television series TURN, some of which was filmed in Yorktown and Williamsburg. To honor Black History Month and our local spy networks, Ranger Brooks will also expand on the life of James Armistead Lafayette, a slave from New Kent County who served as a spy during the Revolutionary War and helped the American army win the Battle of Yorktown. The program will be held at the Discovery Center.
Cost: This program is free and no advance reservation is required. 
 
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 2-430pm
Location: Hugh Copeland Center, 112 W Wilson Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510
Description: An original show celebrating the history and accomplishments of African American women told through story and song. Conceived and written by Sharon Cook, The Hurrah Players are proud to present this one-of-a-kind show that you don't want to miss!
Cost: Adults $20, Children & Military $15
 
Date: Saturdays, February 1, 8 15, 22, & 29, 2020 at 4:30pm.
Location: The Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
Description: “Follow the Drinking Gourd” takes us back to the days when freedom was nothing more than a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked for hope to a certain constellation with its bright shining star. The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. The program is based on a children’s book, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This production incorporates historical images from the local region, Winter’s original artwork and music by Lovey Williams into a timeless experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION (museum admission is not required)
 
 
February 16, 2020
 
 
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 2-4:30pm
Location: Hugh Copeland Center, 112 W Wilson Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510
Description: An original show celebrating the history and accomplishments of African American women told through story and song. Conceived and written by Sharon Cook, The Hurrah Players are proud to present this one-of-a-kind show that you don't want to miss!
Cost: Adults $20, Children & Military $15
 
 
February 17, 2020


IKEA Norfolk - Kids Craft Event 
Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 from 10am-12pm
Location: IKEA Norfolk, 1500 IKEA Way, Norfolk, VA 23502
Description: In celebration of Black History Month, we’ll be painting Freedom Quilt patterns on our HEAT cork trivets. These patterns were believed to be used as a secret code to help guide slaves to freedom in the Underground Railroad.
Cost: Free for IKEA Family Members
 
Maritime Mondays at The Mariners' Museum (Newport News)
Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 10:30 a.m.
Location: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Description: Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years. In honor of Black History Month, enjoy this week’s book, The Coming of Night: A Yoruba Tale from West Africa.
Cost: Free with $1 Museum admission
 
Salute To Black History at Now You're Cooking! (Chesapeake)
Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 from 6-7:45pm
Location: Now You're Cooking Culinary Studio, 1128 North Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake VA
Description: Chef Dedra Blount will speak and demonstrate 3 dishes that have contributed to foundation of southern cuisine. She will also speak on the rich heritage of southern food and the contribution of black chefs. All ages are welcome.
 
 
February 18, 2020
 
 
Salute To Black History at Now You're Cooking! (Chesapeake)
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 6-7:45pm
Location: Now You're Cooking Culinary Studio, 1128 North Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake VA
Description: Chef Dedra Blount will speak and demonstrate 3 dishes that have contributed to foundation of southern cuisine. She will also speak on the rich heritage of southern food and the contribution of black chefs. All ages are welcome.
 
Investigation Station: Black Inventors at North Suffolk Library (Suffolk)
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30pm
Location: North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Rd, Suffolk, VA
Description: Discover inventions created by historic black inventors. Experience different activities based off of inventors who have paved the way for the gadgets that we have today. Grades K-5. A Black History Month Event.
Cost: FREE  


February 19, 2020

 
Let Your Magic Shine! at Russell Memorial Library (Chesapeake)
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 10:15-11am
Location: Russell Memorial Library 2808 Taylor Road Chesapeake, VA 23321
Description: Did someone say it's time for a celebration? Learn facts about African American heritage. Bring your magic to make our Black History Month Storytime shine. Get ready for stories, crafts and more. (Family Program)
Cost: FREE 
 
African Tribal Mask at Morgan Memorial Library (Suffolk)
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 10:30-11:30am
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W Washington Street, Suffolk VA 23434
Description: Bring the Kiddos out to learn about African Tribal Mask. They will also get the opportunity to create their own mask as well as practice African Beading. This program is geared toward children ages 3-5. A Black History Month Event.
Cost: FREE 
 
 
February 21, 2020
 
 
Salute To Black History at Now You're Cooking! (Chesapeake)
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 from 6-7:45pm
Location: Now You're Cooking Culinary Studio, 1128 North Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake VA
Description: Chef Dedra Blount will speak and demonstrate 3 dishes that have contributed to foundation of southern cuisine. She will also speak on the rich heritage of southern food and the contribution of black chefs. All ages are welcome.

 
February 22, 2020
 

African Maritime Collage (Newport News)
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10-11am
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: In this hands-on program, visitors will experiment with collage as a powerful form of artistic expression. Using African fabrics, found objects, embellishments and photographs from our collection, participants will learn how to create collages with personal meaning in celebration of Black History Month.
Cost: Included in $1 museum admission
 
Salute To Black History at Now You're Cooking! (Chesapeake)
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10-11:45am
Location: Now You're Cooking Culinary Studio, 1128 North Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake VA
Description: Chef Dedra Blount will speak and demonstrate 3 dishes that have contributed to foundation of southern cuisine. She will also speak on the rich heritage of southern food and the contribution of black chefs. All ages are welcome.
 
Cultural Harmony at Princess Anne Library (Virginia Beach)
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 3-4pm
Location: Princess Anne Area Library, 1444 Nimmo Pkwy, Virginia Beach, VA
Description: Come sing and learn about the ways African American music has enlivened our culture as we celebrate Black History Month. There is so much to share and enjoy!
Cost: FREE 
 
Date: Saturdays, February 1, 8 15, 22, & 29, 2020 at 4:30pm.
Location: The Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
Description: “Follow the Drinking Gourd” takes us back to the days when freedom was nothing more than a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked for hope to a certain constellation with its bright shining star. The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. The program is based on a children’s book, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This production incorporates historical images from the local region, Winter’s original artwork and music by Lovey Williams into a timeless experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION (museum admission is not required)
  
 
February 24, 2020
 
 
Maritime Mondays at The Mariners' Museum (Newport News)
Date: Monday, February 24, 2020 10:30 a.m.
Location: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Description: Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years. In honor of Black History Month, enjoy this week’s book, The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth.
Cost:Free with $1 Museum admission
 

February 25, 2020

 
True Dedication: Trends Then and Now (Fashion) at Morgan Memorial Library (Suffolk)
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 5-7pm
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W Washington Street, Suffolk VA 23434
Description: True Dedication Mentoring will be focusing on the past historical trends in fashion. The youth will be introduced to patterns and trends of African Americans from then up until now. They will be educated on the history of different clothing and how they have modernized over the years to present day. True Dedication (TDM) is Suffolk Public Library’s inaugural Mentoring Program connecting young adults with positive adult role models in our community. Through building nurturing relationships and community support, TDM and its mentors strive to help each participant develop into their full potential and make positive life choices. This program is free and open to all participants ages 12-18. A Black History Month Event.
Cost: FREE 

 
February 27, 2020
 
 
Let Your Magic Shine! at Indian River Library (Chesapeake)
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 10:15-10:45am
Location: Indian River Library, 2320 Old Greenbrier Road, Chesapeake VA
Description: Did someone say it's time for a celebration? Learn facts about African American heritage. Bring your magic to make our Black History Month Storytime shine. Get ready for stories, crafts and more.
Cost: FREE 
 
Paint Night: Black History Month at North Suffolk Library (Suffolk)
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6:30-7:30pm
Location: North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Rd, Suffolk VA 23432
Description: Paint Night inspired by African-American History Month for adults and teens 16+. Instructor-led and all supplies provided. A Black History Month event.
Cost: FREE 
 
 
February 28, 2020

 
Diversity in Dance at the Attucks Theater (Norfolk)
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020 from 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church Street, Norfolk Virginia 23510
Description: In honor of Black History Month, Ballet Virginia will be tapping into the diverse cultural roots of the Hampton Roads community. This series of dances will focus on the struggles, soul and spirituality of African-American community with choreography by Ballet Virginia's own Lydia Roberts Coco, a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Principal Dancer. Original new works of historical significance on the subjects of the Central Park Five, along with soulful music and dance. The message of the evening is one of unification and healing. By coming together and sharing our stories we hope to bring about understanding and empathy.
 
 
February 29, 2020
 
 
Virginia Beach History Bus Tour (Virginia Beach)
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 9am-4pm
Location: Tour departs from REI at 350 Independence Blvd. Virginia Beach VA
Description: Tour Virginia Beach History Museums! Learn about area historical events from an on-board Historian! 1st Stop: The Thoroughgood House Informational video, house tour, and exploration time in the exhibit space 2nd Stop: Lunch at Bodacious Bakehouse *Bring money for lunch! 3rd Stop: Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville HS Museum Tour the museum, and learn about the first African American high school in Princess Anne County. Participate in the Black History Month Program. Bus and Historic House are not ADA Accessible.
Cost: $50/person. Secure, simple registration at https://thenaturebus.com/events/history-bus-tour/ 
 
Anansi the Trickster (Newport News)
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 10-11am
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Throughout the ages, Africans have used storytelling to teach life lessons, entertain, and explain the workings of the world. In this entertaining and educational program, the audience will listen to some of these stories and learn how African storytellers incorporated music to tell their tales. The audience will then become part of the storytelling by using their own handmade musical instruments as they discover how stories crossed the Atlantic to the Americas.
Cost: Included in $1 museum admission
 
Diversity in Dance at the Attucks Theater (Norfolk)
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 2-4pm
Location: Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church Street, Norfolk Virginia 23510
Description: In honor of Black History Month, Ballet Virginia will be tapping into the diverse cultural roots of the Hampton Roads community. This series of dances will focus on the struggles, soul and spirituality of African-American community with choreography by Ballet Virginia's own Lydia Roberts Coco, a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Principal Dancer. Original new works of historical significance on the subjects of the Central Park Five, along with soulful music and dance. The message of the evening is one of unification and healing. By coming together and sharing our stories we hope to bring about understanding and empathy.
 
Date: Saturdays, February 1, 8 15, 22, & 29, 2020 at 4:30pm.
Location: The Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
Description: “Follow the Drinking Gourd” takes us back to the days when freedom was nothing more than a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked for hope to a certain constellation with its bright shining star. The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. The program is based on a children’s book, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This production incorporates historical images from the local region, Winter’s original artwork and music by Lovey Williams into a timeless experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION (museum admission is not required)
 
Jammin at the Juke Joint at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (Portsmouth)
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 6:30-9pm
Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Annex, 400 High St, Portsmouth Virginia
Description: This is one part of the 2020 BLACK HISTORY NOW: CELEBRATING TODAY’S CHANGEMAKERS. Local band leader Robert Giles of God’s Finest Gospel, Blues and Jazz Band will take listeners on a narrative musical journey through time to follow the gospel origins of blues, jazz, rock’n’roll, soul, R&B and funk music all the way to today’s hip-hop.
 
Diversity in Dance at the Attucks Theater (Norfolk)
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 8-10pm
Location: Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church Street, Norfolk Virginia 23510
Description: In honor of Black History Month, Ballet Virginia will be tapping into the diverse cultural roots of the Hampton Roads community. This series of dances will focus on the struggles, soul and spirituality of African-American community with choreography by Ballet Virginia's own Lydia Roberts Coco, a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Principal Dancer. Original new works of historical significance on the subjects of the Central Park Five, along with soulful music and dance. The message of the evening is one of unification and healing. By coming together and sharing our stories we hope to bring about understanding and empathy.
 
 
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