Black History Month In Hampton Roads (Updated)

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Local Black History Events in Hampton Roads VA
 
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

 
 
All Month Long
 
Description: Celebrate Black History Month by taking a driving tour that highlights more than 400 years of rich African American history in Hampton. The 400 Years Forward Driving Tour explores heritage sites throughout the city, including Fort Monroe National Monument, the Emancipation Oak, Aberdeen Gardens, the Little England Chapel, the Tucker family cemetery, and the Hampton History Museum. 

Description: Discover the work that these Black scientists and inventors have accomplished that make our lives better. Read more and find some fun activities on the link.
 
Description: Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans. The cultures and experiences of Americans of African descent are vital to the nation's history. This history provides powerful insight into the diversity, identity and representation of the Black family. These stories can be found at Virginia State Parks. 
 
Black History Month with Norfolk Public Library (Online)
Description: Join Norfolk Public Library for virtual events from February 1-28, celebrating Black History Month. Events are centered on the 2021 theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” Events are being added to the program lineup throughout the month. Visit the online calendar frequently at to stay up to date
Cost: Free. Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week!

Black History Month with Chesapeake Public Library (Online)
Description: Embark on virtual field trips, learn historical facts and engage in daily activities celebrating Black History.

Description: While the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum remains closed due to COVID-19 precautions, you can now enjoy a complete virtual video tour of the Museum from the comfort of your own home. The Museum, located within the Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Renaissance Academy, is a tribute to the first high school for African Americans in Virginia Beach. The virtual tour not only covers the history of this school, but also the history of African American education and achievements, both locally and nationally, across several centuries.
Cost: Free

Join the Military Aviation Museum in celebrating Black History Month this year by participating in our Youth Aviation Art Contest!  Children in Grades 1-12 are invited to honor the contributions of African-Americans in Aviation History through their artistic submissions, with the winners being placed on display in the Museum as part of a special exhibit! Whether featuring Bessie Coleman, The Tuskegee Airmen, Ensign Jesse Brown, or World War I’s Eugene Bullard, there are so many stories your artwork can tell! The artwork submitted will be collected and displayed virtually as well, so that those unable to visit the museum in person can still appreciate the masterpieces!
 
Date: February 1-18, 2021
Location: Your home, with kit pickup at Suffolk libraries
DescriptionHeroes don't need to have super powers to be Black and Super! Help us recognize our heroes near and far while also exercising your creativity! For a chance to win a SUPER prize pack, create a valentine or tribute for any African American person who inspires you. They do not have to be famous, you can choose anyone who has inspired or influenced you. Don't forget to submit your valentine for consideration below by the deadline of February 19th, 2021 Click here to submit your Valentine. You can use your own materials or register for a Valentine Craft 2Go Pack to pick up at one of our library branches during curbside pickup hours. Valentine kits are limited in quantity and have a variety of papers and craft materials to help you design your valentine. Please only request one Valentine kit per household (there will be plenty of supplies for more than one valentine!). Valentine Kits are available while supplies last.
 
 
February 1, 2021
 
 
Date: Monday, February 1, 2021 from 11am & 1pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Hop online for a storytime adventure as we celebrate Black History Month with captivating tales that honor the rich maritime heritage and culture of Blacks, Africans and African Americans!
Cost: Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week!
 
Date: Monday, February 1, 2021 from 1-2pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Come celebrate online with The Mariners’ Museum and Park for the month of February as it recognizes Africa and its people and the key role they played in maritime trade and global expansion for centuries.
Cost: Free
 
 
February 4, 2021
 
 

Free Thursdays in February at Norfolk Botanic Garden (Norfolk)
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, Virginia 23518
Description: Norfolk Botanical Garden celebrates Black History Month by offering Free Admission Thursdays in February. A Virginia Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, NBG has a long history with humble beginnings. The Garden celebrates the 220 African- American Works Progress Administration workers who cleared dense vegetation and planted the first azaleas at NBG in the late 1930s. As a way to honor their lasting legacy and share the gift of nature with all, we invite the community to enjoy all that the Garden has to offer free on Thursdays this February. 

 
Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2021 from 7-8:30pm
Location: Your home, via Facebook
Description: Join us for a live talk with our partners at the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center. Together we'll discuss African American creators past and present. Among our guest speakers will be local comic creators Willie Cordy and Vonnel Young.
Cost: Free.  Registered participants will provide their email address to receive a link to a Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the program begins.
 
 
February 8, 2021
 
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 from 11am & 1pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Hop online for a story time adventure as we celebrate Black History Month with captivating tales that honor the rich maritime heritage and culture of Blacks, Africans and African Americans!
Cost: Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week!
 
 
Virtual Event: Black & Super: Let's Make an Action Figure! with Suffolk Public Library (Online with local kit pickup)
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:30pm
Location: Your home, with kit pickup at Suffolk libraries
Description: Everyone can be a hero. What kind of superhero would you be? Let your creativity soar and design yourself as a superhero with our 3d printed models.
Cost: Free.  All participants will receive supplies needed for the class (while supplies last). Please register for the program to receive your Virtual2Go kit
 
 
February 9, 2021
 
Hidden Histories (Newport News)
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 1-2pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Come learn the origins of the Museum and discover all the ways we are connected to one another as Lauren T. Furey, manager of visitor engagement, uncovers some “Hidden Histories” within our Collection. This new project will give names, agency, and interpretation of the unidentified Black people depicted in our Collection and allow us to tell a more complete history of our shared maritime heritage.
Cost: Free
 
Virtual Event: Black & Super: Real Heroes of Science with Suffolk Public Library (Online with local kit pickup)
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 5:30pm
Location: Your home, with kit pickup at Suffolk libraries
Description: Not every superhero wears a cape, some wear labcoats! Learn about some African American scientists and their amazing contributions that changed the world! We'll be celebrating Willie Hobbs Moore the first African American woman to get a PhD in physics by performing a physics experiment with paint. Material will be provided but be prepared to get a little messy.
Cost: Free. All participants will receive supplies needed for the class (while supplies last). Please register for the program to receive your Virtual2Go kit.
 
 
February 10, 2021
 
Virtual Family Storytime: Black & Super with Suffolk Public Library (Online)
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:30am
Location: Your home, with kit pickup at Suffolk libraries
Description: A special storytime that pays homage to black history month. Each storytime for the month of February will feature amazing books with black main characters. An early literacy-based storytime for the whole family, including stories, rhymes, songs and more from the comfort of your own home!
Cost: Free.
 
Virtual Event: Black & Super: How to Make Comics & History of Black Creators with Suffolk Public Library (Online with local kit pickup)
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 5:30pm
Location: Your home, with kit pickup at Suffolk libraries
Description: Interested in history of African Americans in comics? Join us to learn about comic creators and their impact on comic industry. Also grab a kit with additional info on comic creators and materials to start making your own comic!
Cost: Free. All participants will receive supplies needed for the class (while supplies last). Please register for the program to receive your Virtual2Go kit
 
 
February 11, 2021
 
Free Thursdays in February at Norfolk Botanic Garden (Norfolk)
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, Virginia 23518
Description: Norfolk Botanical Garden celebrates Black History Month by offering Free Admission Thursdays in February. A Virginia Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, NBG has a long history with humble beginnings. The Garden celebrates the 220 African- American Works Progress Administration workers who cleared dense vegetation and planted the first azaleas at NBG in the late 1930s. As a way to honor their lasting legacy and share the gift of nature with all, we invite the community to enjoy all that the Garden has to offer free on Thursdays this February. 
 

February 12, 2021
 
Virtual Event: Black and Super Live Talks: Blerd Culture Past and Present with Suffolk Public Library (Online)
Date: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6pm
Location: Suffolk Public Library Online
Description: Bring your questions and join us for a live talk about black nerd (Blerd) culture. Join us with local African American artists, writers, and nerds of all stripes talk about how being black intersects with their pop culture interests. Among our guest speakers are KD Bond, and Nix
Cost: Free. Registered teen participants will provide their email address to receive a link to a Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the program begins.
 
 
February 13, 2021 
 
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 10-11:30am
Location: Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge - Washington Ditch Boardwalk Parking Lot, 3076 White Marsh Road, Suffolk, VA
Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children ages 3-12.
Description: Learn about the thousands of fugitive slaves who sought sanctuary in the Great Dismal Swamp. Reservations are required and cancellations are expected no less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center to reserve your spot.  (757) 514-4130

The Heart of Harlem (Virginia Beach)
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 3-5pm
Location: Art Studio on the Boulevard 3500 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452 
Description: In celebration of Black History Month, we are hosting a workshop exploring Harlem the Mecca of Renaissance during the African American Golden Age. Join Ann Geraci at our studio to learn more about Black History through mixed media acrylic painting. This Workshop is suitable for all ages. Save your spot by booking online at our website boulevardart.com
 
 
February 15, 2021
 
Date: Monday, February 15, 2021 from 11am & 1pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Hop online for a story time adventure as we celebrate Black History Month with captivating tales that honor the rich maritime heritage and culture of Blacks, Africans and African Americans!
Cost: Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week!
 
 
February 16, 2021
 
Date: Tue, February 16, 2021 from 11am-12 & 2-3pm
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Your home, via Facebook
Category: VIRTUAL EVENT
Description: The Great Depression disproportionately affected Black Americans because of widespread racism. Segregation and Jim Crow laws prevented many Black Americans from securing housing, being hired for work, or being paid equally to white Americans. Join us as we explore how this pivotal time in American History impacted Black Americans. The event will be hosted over Zoom and streamed live to our Facebook page at 11AM-12PM ET and 2PM-3PM ET.
Cost: Free, live, interactive webinar for students grades 4-12.
 
 
Virtual Teen Activism: Let Your Voice be Heard with Suffolk Public Library (Online with local kit pickup)
Date: Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 6pm
Location: Your home, with kit pickup at Suffolk libraries
Description: Interested in learning how to get in to activism? Want to share your thoughts on movements like Black Lives Matter? Get creative while speaking out! This program will come with a kit allowing you to create your own yard sign to promote your cause.
Cost: Free. All participants will receive supplies needed for the class (while supplies last). Please register for the program to receive your Virtual2Go kit.
 
 
February 17, 2021
 
ImmortALL "Let Your Words Live Forever!" TWP Poetry & Performance Season (Online)
Location: Events will be live-streamed on Social Media
Dates: Wednesday & Thursday, Feb 17th & 18th 3pm - 4:30pm 
Description: Poetry Workshop, Live Music, and Performances hosted by The Wells Theatre, Norfolk. February - April 2021 Teens With a Purpose 2021 Poetry & Performance Season launches with a poetic homage to Hampton Roads Black History. What a perfect way to start a season-long celebration built around storytelling through performance poetry with lyricism, positive music, and stage acumen delivered in a way that profoundly affects and entertains audiences of all ages. 
  
February 18, 2021
 
Free Thursdays in February at Norfolk Botanic Garden (Norfolk)
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, Virginia 23518
Description: Norfolk Botanical Garden celebrates Black History Month by offering Free Admission Thursdays in February. A Virginia Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, NBG has a long history with humble beginnings. The Garden celebrates the 220 African- American Works Progress Administration workers who cleared dense vegetation and planted the first azaleas at NBG in the late 1930s. As a way to honor their lasting legacy and share the gift of nature with all, we invite the community to enjoy all that the Garden has to offer free on Thursdays this February. 

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 1-2pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Discover the connection between an ancient and modern city with Erika Cosme, content and interpretation developer, when she introduces a new program series titled “Africa’s Kingdoms and Maritime Cultures.” For Black History Month, the series will feature the ancient city of Carthage and how its history has influenced present-day Tunisia.
Cost: Free 

ImmortALL "Let Your Words Live Forever!" TWP Poetry & Performance Season (Online)
Location: Events will be live-streamed on Social Media
Dates: Wednesday & Thursday, Feb 17th & 18th 3pm - 4:30pm 
Description: Poetry Workshop, Live Music, and Performances hosted by The Wells Theatre, Norfolk. February - April 2021 Teens With a Purpose 2021 Poetry & Performance Season launches with a poetic homage to Hampton Roads Black History. What a perfect way to start a season-long celebration built around storytelling through performance poetry with lyricism, positive music, and stage acumen delivered in a way that profoundly affects and entertains audiences of all ages. 


"Color of Liberty:  African American Stories in the Revolutionary War" (Online)
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 6:30pm-8pm
Location: Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation via Zoom
Cost: Free

Description:"Color of Liberty:  African American Stories in the Revolutionary War" - a group of stories, songs, and poetry about and by Black people during the Revolutionary War era, including the Ethiopian Regiment and Billy Flora, a hero of the Battle of Great Bridge.

 
February 19, 2021
 
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021 from 12-1pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein when he presents on African Americans who fought in the Civil War to free their people from slavery. Viewers are welcome to send Quarstein any comments or questions during the presentation, and he will answer following his talk.
Cost: Free 
 
February 20, 2021
 
The Carter G. Woodson Festival with Atumpan Edutainment at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center (Newport News)
Date: Sat, February 20, 2021 from 12-4pm
Location: Virtual / Online
Description: This February, we are celebrating the rich history and legacy of the African-American community by starting at the source. This festival will be one of international proportions, featuring Atumpan Edutainment joining with special guests for an unforgettable virtual event. Atumpan Edutainment & Co. presents a 4-hour Black History Month Celebration named after Carter G. Woodson, an American historian and the father of Black history. The festival will be comprised of eight, 25-minute performances and presentations including:
Cost: Free
 
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1 & 3pm.
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: Non-Member Adult: $24; Child: $19. Non-Member pricing includes General Admission to the Museum. Children 2 & under and members free.  Seating is limited to 9 people.

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 12-4pm
Location: 2600 Lafayette Blvd Norfolk, VA 23509
Description: Join us in a celebration of our culture and our community. The Tribe Kollective presents Black History in the Making: a collection of local black entrepreneurs, creators, artists and future leaders. Reinvest in our heritage and take back our future. Shop, learn, eat, grow, thrive. Be a part of Black History. 

 
February 21, 2021
 
Virtual Event: Melt the Rainbow! - Curious Kids STEM-ulating Activities with Nauticus (Online/Norfolk)
Date: Sun, February 21, 2021 at 10:30am
Location: Your home, via Facebook
Description: Combine science, art, and upcycling with this colorful activity. Make your trash into treasure by experimenting with the melting and cooling of crayons to make your own inspirational poster in honor of Black History month!
Cost: Free. Registration accepted up to 24 hours before program date. Recommended age for these programs are 5-12 years old but, younger and older siblings are welcome to participate. Sessions are 30-45 minutes long and will be hosted via Zoom.
 
February 22, 2021
 
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021 from 11am & 1pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Hop online for a story time adventure as we celebrate Black History Month with captivating tales that honor the rich maritime heritage and culture of Blacks, Africans and African Americans!
Cost: Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week!
 
Get Creative with Suffolk Public Library (Online)
Date: Mon, February 22, 2021 from 6-7pm
Location: Suffolk Public Library Online
Description: Get Creative and join live for fun and varied art tutorials! Grab your Virtual2Go pack and join us each month to explore different types of arts and crafts. Registered participants will provide their email address to receive a link to a Zoom meeting before the program begins.  Mixed Media Painting/ Black History Theme: Celebrate Black History Month with a Harlem Jazz themed Mixed Media Painting
Cost: FREE. All participants will receive supplies needed for the class (while supplies last). Please register for the program to receive your Virtual2Go kit
 
 
February 23, 2021
 
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 1-2pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Explore online with Wisteria Perry, manager of interpretation and community outreach, as she takes you along a coastal area of the Indian Ocean in Southeast Africa. Inhabited by the Swahili people, learn about its distinct culture, demography, religion and geography in a new program series titled “Africa’s Kingdoms and Maritime Cultures.”
Cost: Free 
 
February 24, 2021
 
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 12-1:30pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Description: In celebration of Black History Month, the Virginia Beach History Museums, Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association (PACTS/UKHS) and Norfolk State University (NSU) are hosting “Lift Me On Up: The Power and Influence of the Black Family,” a free virtual panel discussion on Feb. 24 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Incorporating the 2021 Black History Month theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” this 90-minute panel discussion will focus on the history, politics and social factors affecting African Americans from a family perspective, and opportunities for positive change. 

 

February 25, 2021
 
Free Thursdays in February at Norfolk Botanic Garden (Norfolk)
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, Virginia 23518
Description: Norfolk Botanical Garden celebrates Black History Month by offering Free Admission Thursdays in February. A Virginia Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, NBG has a long history with humble beginnings. The Garden celebrates the 220 African- American Works Progress Administration workers who cleared dense vegetation and planted the first azaleas at NBG in the late 1930s. As a way to honor their lasting legacy and share the gift of nature with all, we invite the community to enjoy all that the Garden has to offer free on Thursdays this February. 


February 26, 2021
 
Date: February 26 - March 26, 2021
Location: Online - available to stream online
Description: Please join us virtually for this educational celebration of Black Girl Magic! Following last year's hit production Black Girl Magic is back to stream directly into your home. Black Girl Magic is a compilation of original scenes, vignettes, and poems as well as excerpts from published speeches, poems, plays, and performances that celebrate the lives and accomplishments of Black girls and women past and present, popular and underrated. It follows the struggles that often prove necessary to birth brilliance, resilience, triumph, and success; the tragedies that produce inner strength, beauty, hope, and community which continues to withstand the test of time. Black Girl Magic is not intended to exclude girls and women of other races or ethnicities. In fact, Black Girl Magic is inclusive in that it offers them the opportunity to join in this celebration of a race of women often overlooked and undervalued.
Cost: Streaming Ticket: $15. **If you are a Public School teacher please reach out to us to Stream to your classroom for free.
 
February 27, 2021
 
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10am
Location: Now You're Cooking Culinary Studio, Chesapeake VA
Description: The Now You're Cooking Culinary Studio team will be celebrating Black History Month by honoring Chef Edna Lewis, teaching your KinderChef how to make two of her most famous recipes, Hoppin' John and Sour Milk Cornbread. Sneak peek of ingredients below: Saturday, February 27 10AM Ingredients: Black-eyed peas, ham hock, onion, red pepper flakes, white rice, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, buttermilk or soured milk, eggs, unsalted butter Recommended Age 3-6 Years 
Cost: $25.00

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 1-2pm
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Description: Journey with Erika Cosme, content and interpretation developer, and Wisteria Perry, manager of interpretation and community outreach, from The Mariners’ Museum’s Interpretation Department as they feature “Waterways of Africa,” a new virtual series that looks at the waters that surround and are located within the African continent. In the first of the series, come take a look at the world’s longest river, and one of Africa’s most relied upon bodies of water – the Nile River.
Cost: Free 
 
February 28, 2021
 
“Stories of the Dismal Swamp” (Online)
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021 2pm-3:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation via Zoom
Description: “Stories of the Dismal Swamp” - folktales and true stories of those who came to the Great Dismal Swamp. This program includes tales of the maroon colonies and the Underground Railroad. 
 

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