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.
 
If you know of an event that should be added to this list please Submit the Information HERE.

 

Black History Month in Hampton Roads

 
 

February 1, 2019
 
Location: Main Library Children's Dept, 4207 Victoria Blvd, Hampton VA 23669
Date: February 1, 2019 from 10am-4pm
Cost: Free
Description: Join us for a celebration of books that feature black characters and/or black authors! 
 
February 2, 2019
 
Location: Virginia Air & Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton Virginia 23669
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10am-2pm
Cost: Free
Description: *Each activity will be based on an achievement by an African American person in history 
  • Build a functioning heart model - Vivien Thomas: Invented a surgical technique that allowed for the first successful open-heart surgeries on children Learn how the heart pumps blood through the body by using everyday items. 
  • Design your own elevator - Alexander Miles: Designed automatic closing doors for elevators Make a pulley and learn how this simple machine is responsible for moving elevators up and down
  • Constellation Telescopes - Arthur Walker Jr.: Developed normal incidence multilayer XUV telescopes to photograph the solar corona Study the stars like Walker and build your own constellation telescope to take home!
  • Build a table that can hold 25 pennies - Charles William Allen: Invented the self-leveling table that allowed for stabilization and less wobbling See if you can engineer a table made of paper that can hold 25 pennies!
Location: Manor Branch Library 1401 Elmhurst Lane Portsmouth, VA
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10am-5pm
Description: Try solving our quiz and receive a prize during black history Month. Programs run all month long; For bothages1st grade - 6th grade and Ages 12 - 18 (high school) Stop by Circulation for details. 
 
Location: Van Wyck Branch 1368 De Bree Ave. Norfolk, Virginia 23517 
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 11am-12pm 
Cost: Free
Description: Storyteller and folk artist, Mendel Williams will present original material to celebrate various aspects of the cultural heritage of African Americans. Expect lots of singing, beautiful crafts and funny and warmhearted stories.

Location: 619 West 35th Street Norfolk VA
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 11am-1:30pm
Cost: $10
Description: DANCE: 11am-12noon African dance is the embodiment of poetry, history, community and transformation..... ....let the beat of the drums move your body...an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the rhythms and traditions of West Africa...Begin class with a warm up and then the start of the class builds on traditional West African dance techniques, followed by practice across the floor, and culminating in a final phrase. This class is accompanied by live music on traditional instruments such as the djembe and the djun-djun........ DRUMS: 12noon-1:30pm Did you ever want to learn how to play the drums but didn't know where to begin? This is the perfect class for you.......An all levels West African Drum class that allows beginners to learn the basics of rhythm and technique and more experienced players to learn the accompaniments, solos, as well as dundun rhythms. Each class is tailored to the skill level of the students attending. Treat yourself to something new and step out of your comfort zone...... 

Location: MacArthur Center 300 Monticello Ave, Norfolk VA
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 11am - 5pm
Description: TACA, the Tidewater African Cultural Alliance is excited to be bringing many of the 757 African associations together for the very first Afro Mania event here at MacArthur Center! Come enjoy the sights and sounds of many African countries and kick off Black History Month through dance, music, literature, and interactive displays and activities! Children are welcome, and it is all free! TACA's mission is to bring Africans and others in the community together through community outreach, community service, and cultural events. 
 
Location: North Suffolk Library, Suffolk VA 
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 1-2pm 
Cost: Free but registration is required. 
Description: Black History Month Event: Bring your family out to the library for an afternoon of gameshow fun. Learn about African-American people, events, and more--Jeopardy Style!

Location Details Blyden Branch, Norfolk Public Library 879 E. Princess Anne Road Norfolk Virginia 23504
Date: February 2, 2019 at 1pm
Description: African American History Month Event. Join Princess Tiana down by the bayou in some good ole fun! Registration is required. (Preschool) 

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 400 High St (High &Court) Portsmouth Virginia
Date: February 2, 2019 from 1-2pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Description: Vietnam veteran pilot Howard Baugh takes you on a journey through World War II with a lecture and slide show presentation of his father Lt. Colonel Howard L. Baugh, Sr. -- one of the 393 Tuskegee Airmen combat pilots who received national and international recognition for their combat roles during World War II. The slide show also includes photos of a life size bronze statue of Lt. Colonel Baugh, Sr. that was recently unveiled. Admission is free and open to the public. TARGET AUDIENCE: HIGH SCHOOL AND UP

Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 1-2pm
Cost: Included in $1 museum admission
Description: Join The Mariners’ Museum and Park during the month of February as we celebrate Black History Month through programs, living history, lectures, and hands-on activities for children and adults. All programs are free with $1 Museum admission. 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.

Location: Janaf Branch 124 Janaf Shopping Center Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 2-3pm 
Cost: Free
Description: Storyteller and folk artist, Mendel Williams will present original material to celebrate various aspects of the cultural heritage of African Americans. Expect lots of singing, beautiful crafts and funny and warmhearted stories.

Location: Park Place 620 West 29th St. Norfolk, Virginia 23508 
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2pm 
Description: This series brings together citizens from Norfolk’s historic African American neighborhoods to share and explore the character and fabric of the communities as they remember them. Entertainment and refreshments are part of the experience. (Family)

Location: Morgan Memorial Library 443 W Washington St, Suffolk VA
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 3-4pm
Cost: Free
Description: Come out and experience art history in a fun, educational, and tasty way. Teens will design cupcakes based off of historical black athletes who have paved the way for future generations to participate in sports professionally. So tie up your aprons and come decorate away. SPL events are free to attend and open to people of all abilities. If you or someone in your party will require accommodations in order to participate, please contact the library. You do not need to be a library member in order to attend.

Swirl Band (Norfolk) 
Location: Blyden Branch 879 E. Princess Anne Rd. Norfolk, Virginia 23504 
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 4-5pm
Description: Swirl performs everything from Swing standards to Classic Jazz, Broadway to Soul, and Smooth Jazz to Fusion and more

Location: The Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
Date: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019 – Saturdays 4:30pm.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION (museum admission is not required)
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.

February 3, 2019

History Speaks (Norfolk)
Location: Moses Myers House 323 E. Freemason Street, Norfolk VA
Date: February 3, 2019 at 1pm
Description: Learn about the first African Americans to arrive in Virginia in 1619 and gain insight into the enslaved people who worked for the Myers family. This program is a part of American Evolution, an initiative that highlights democracy, diversity, and opportunity and commemorates the 400th anniversary of many pivotal events that occurred in 1619 in Virginia. We recommend parking at the MacArthur Center. 
 
Location: Slover Library 235 E. Plume Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 
Date: February 3, 2019 from 3-5pm 
Description: NPL honors four distinguished African American trailblazers: I. Sherman Greene, Geraldine Boone, Maizelle Brown and Dr. La Frances Rogers-Rose.

February 4, 2019

Location: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Date: Monday, February 4, 2019 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free with $1 Museum admission
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.

Cocoa and Create (Suffolk)
Location: Morgan Memorial Library 443 W Washington St, Suffolk VA
Date: Monday, February 4, 2019 from 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: Free
Description: Enjoy a night with the whole family. Work together to create black history inspired masterpieces while sipping hot cocoa and enjoying time together. Registration is required. SPL events are free to attend and open to people of all abilities. If you or someone in your party will require accommodations in order to participate, please call 757-514-7323 and ask to speak with a manager. You do not need to be a library member in order to attend

February 5, 2019
 
Location: Janaf Branch 124 Janaf Shopping Center Norfolk, Virginia 23504 
Date: February 5, 2019 from 4-5:30pm 
Description: Come out to create crafts and learn facts about African American history. ( School age )

Location: North Suffolk Library
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 6:30-7:30pm
Description: How do space, math, girls, and Black History Month go together? Using Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker as a backdrop, come complete a series of STEM activities. Grades K-5.

Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts 110 W. Finney Ave. Suffolk Virginia 23434
Date: Tuesday, February 5,2019from 7-9pm
Cost: $15
Description: A Game Apart provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson’s life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, of whites-only hotels, and of restaurants with only a back door for colored athletes to enter. Witness the hopeless humiliation of a star player who was showered with adulation on the field and became a second-hand citizen when he walked off the diamond. Meet Jackie’s compatriots fighting the same battles between the end zones, inside the ring and around the track. A Game Apart is a powerful lesson of courage through dedication,perseverance and leadership. 


February 7, 2019
 

Location: Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, 23504 -- Brown Hall Mainstage Theater
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:30pm
Cost $25
Description: An Inaugural Norfolk Theatre Festival production -- Once on this Island is the big, bold, breathtaking and innovative musical transformation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale The Little Mermaid. In Once on this Island we meet Ti Moune, a fearless Caribbean girl who is ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with a boy who has captured her heart.
 
 
 
February 8, 2019
 
Location: Hugh R Copeland Center 112 W Wilson Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510
Date: February 8, 2019 from 7-9pm and February 9-10, 2019 from 2-4pm
Cost: $15-20 per ticket
Description: Celebrating the uniquely enthralling sound born from the triumphs and challenges of the African American experience, THE GLORY OF GOSPEL uses song, dance, and narrative to take you on a musical journey of divine joy. Created and Directed by Sharon D. Cook
 
Location: Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, 23504 -- Brown Hall Mainstage Theater
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30pm
Cost $25
Description: An Inaugural Norfolk Theatre Festival production -- Once on this Island is the big, bold, breathtaking and innovative musical transformation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale The Little Mermaid. In Once on this Island we meet Ti Moune, a fearless Caribbean girl who is ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with a boy who has captured her heart.
 
 
February 9, 2019
 
Location: Queen Street North Worship Center 98 N. Armistead Ave. Hampton, VA 23669
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9-11:30am
Cost: Tickets are $35 adults, $15 children. Call 757-722-2345 for tickets. 
Description: Celebrate the start of Black History Month with members of the Aberdeen Gardens Historic and Civic Association at the 22nd annual breakfast. The guest speaker is NFL Hall of Famer and Hampton High graduate Dwight Stephenson. 
 
Location: Nauticus, One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10am-5pm
Cost: Only $7.57 admission for locals!
Description: Celebrate African-American Leaders in the fields of History, Military, and Science at Nauticus in Norfolk!
 
Location: Morgan Memorial Library 443 W Washington St, Suffolk VA
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 11am-12:30pm
Description: Black History Month Event: Meet living legend Sergeant/Dr. Harry Quinton and learn about his life and experiences as a Tuskegee Airmen, the military's first black aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
 
Location: Slover Library 235 E. Plume Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 
Date: February 9, 2019 from 11am-4pm 
Description: Celebrate African-American History month with crafts, storytelling, dancing, and drumming fun! Activities: Crafts: 11am-12pm & 2pm-4pm (Rm 295) Shelia Arnold (Storyteller)- 11:30am (Rm 650) Lunch (Registration. Required)- 12:30pm-1:00pm (Rm 650) Connie Ralston- 1pm-2pm (Rm 650) 5-6-7-8 Shine Dancers Performance- 12:30pm (Rm 650) Camp Kids Performance- 12:40pm (Rm 650)
 
Location: Blyden Branch 879 E. Princess Anne Rd. Norfolk, Virginia 23504 
Date: February 9, 2019 from 12-2pm 
Description: Enjoy a splendid afternoon of food and jazz. Free and open to the public. Registration by February 4, 2019 is required for this event. 757-441-2852

Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1-2pm
Cost: Included in $1 museum admission
Description: Join The Mariners’ Museum and Park during the month of February as we celebrate Black History Month through programs, living history, lectures, and hands-on activities for children and adults. All programs are free with $1 Museum admission. Discover the major influences and impact that Africans and African Americans have had on the Chesapeake Bay since the early 1600s through today.
 
Location: Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum, 904 Elm Ave., Portsmouth
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1pm 
Description: Admission is Free!  In Uncle George & Me, author Bill Sizemore tells the story of his slave-owning Virginia ancestors, their slaves, and those slaves’ descendants – a story that lay buried by a century of denial and historical amnesia. The author is a retired journalist who grew up in segregated small-town Virginia. Meet Mr. Sizemore, who will read from and sign copies of his book (also available for sale), and chat with visitors about his family’s fascinating history. Presented by the African American Historical Society, Inc. of Portsmouth. Part of the 2019 Black History Now! Series presented by the Portsmouth Museums and Portsmouth Public Library for Black History Month.

Location: Hugh R Copeland Center 112 W Wilson Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510
Date: February 8, 2019 from 7-9pm and February 9-10, 2019 from 2-4pm
Cost: $15-20 per ticket
Description: Celebrating the uniquely enthralling sound born from the triumphs and challenges of the African American experience, THE GLORY OF GOSPEL uses song, dance, and narrative to take you on a musical journey of divine joy. Created and Directed by Sharon D. Cook

Mini African American Invention Museum (Virginia Beach)
Location: MEO Central Library 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 2-4pm
Description: You have heard of Madam C.J. Walker and Garrett Morgan. But have you heard of Alexander P. Ashbourne or Osbourn Dorsey? Come visit our mini-museum of African American inventors to learn more. All Ages Welcome. No registration required. 

Location: Park Place 620 West 29th St. Norfolk, Virginia 23508
Date: February 9, 2019 from 2-4pm
Description: Join us for an afternoon of celebrating a variety of artists and performers from the community. There will be great music, amazing performers, and light refreshments. Everyone is encouraged to wear your best African inspired formal attire. 
 
Location: Slover Library - 5th Floor Commons 235 E Plume St Norfolk, Virginia 23510 
Date: February 9, 2019 from 2-4pm 
Description: February 9th is National Inventors' Day! In celebration of Black History month, we will honor the accomplishments and legacy of African American inventors. Join us for a day of trivia and other activities, and hopefully, you will learn something new!

Location: Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, 23504 -- Brown Hall Mainstage Theater
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 3pm and 7:30pm
Cost $25
Description: An Inaugural Norfolk Theatre Festival production -- Once on this Island is the big, bold, breathtaking and innovative musical transformation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale The Little Mermaid. In Once on this Island we meet Ti Moune, a fearless Caribbean girl who is ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with a boy who has captured her heart.
 
Location: North Suffolk Library
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 3-4pm
Description: Come out and experience art history in a fun, educational, and tasty way. Teens will design cupcakes based off of historical black athletes who have paved the way for future generations to participate in sports professionally. So tie up your aprons and come decorate away. SPL events are free to attend and open to people of all abilities. If you or someone in your party will require accommodations in order to participate, please contact Angela at amartin@suffolkva.us. You do not need to be a library member in order to attend.

Location: The Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
Date: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019 – Saturdays 4:30pm.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION (museum admission is not required)
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.
 
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court Street, Portsmouth VA
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 5pm
Description: The 2019 Group presents The Not-Just-for-February Players & Company in a dinner theater presentation From the Beginning: Early Portsmouth History and African-Americans. This three-act trilogy is written by Billie Montgomery-Cook. The public is invited and donations will be accepted. 
 
Location: The American Theatre, 125 E Mellen St, Hampton VA 23661
Date: February 9, 2019 at 8pm
Cost: Tickets are $35
Description: Anticipate a concert packed with uplifting music inspired by deep African traditions as Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates 50 years as “South Africa’s cultural ambassador to the world.” Their coveted vocals are some of the most sought after in the music industry and have included recordings with artists such as Josh Groban, Melissa Etheridge, Dolly Parton, and the legendary Paul Simon. 

 
February 10, 2019
 
Location: Main Street Library, Newport News 
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:30pm 
Description: Main Street Library is continuing the Black Film Series. On Sunday February 10th at 1:30 in honor of Black History Month we’re showing “Marshall”, starring Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall. This film depicts one of the first court cases for Thurgood Marshall who would later in his career become the first African American Supreme Court Justice. All movies are rated PG13. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Location: Hugh R Copeland Center 112 W Wilson Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510
Date: February 8, 2019 from 7-9pm and February 9-10, 2019 from 2-4pm
Cost: $15-20 per ticket
Description: Celebrating the uniquely enthralling sound born from the triumphs and challenges of the African American experience, THE GLORY OF GOSPEL uses song, dance, and narrative to take you on a musical journey of divine joy. Created and Directed by Sharon D. Cook
 
Location: Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, 23504 -- Brown Hall Mainstage Theater
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3pm 
Cost $25
Description: An Inaugural Norfolk Theatre Festival production -- Once on this Island is the big, bold, breathtaking and innovative musical transformation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale The Little Mermaid. In Once on this Island we meet Ti Moune, a fearless Caribbean girl who is ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with a boy who has captured her heart.
 
Location: Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch at Broad Creek 1425 Norchester Ave. Norfolk, Virginia 23502 
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 3-430pm 
Description: Take a tour of our newest library and enjoy an afternoon of Classic R&B, Jazz and Contemporary Sounds. (Family)
 
Rhythmania Band (Norfolk) 
Location: Slover Library 235 E. Plume Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 4-5pm 
Description: Rhythmania, founded in 2014 by Gary “JuJu” Garlic, is a percussion ensemble which includes vocalists and horn players. It covers classics, standards, and original compositions and arrangements. Expect lots of toe tapping and hand clapping.

Location: Sandler Center for the Performing Arts 201 Market Street Virginia Beach Virginia 23462
Date: February 10, 2019 at 5pm
Cost: $65, $50, $37, $25. Discounted tickets may be available here: vbhotdeals.com/coastal-virginia
Description: Step Afrika! founded in 1994 in South Africa, started through a collaboration between dancers from the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa and the United States. The company moved abroad in 1996, settling at the Atlas Performing Arts Theater in Washington, DC—becoming the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. They are now one of the top ten African American dance companies in the United States. Step Afrika!'s performances integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. They are more than dance shows, blending the percussive style practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance, among other forms of art. A musical and visual spectacle, Step Afrika! appeals to a diverse audience while promoting stepping as an educational tool for young audiences.  


 
February 11, 2019

Location: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Date: Monday, February 11, 2019 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free with $1 Museum admission
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. What happens when you get more than you bargained for? Follow along with Anansi and the Magic Stick to find out. Written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Janet Stevens. This book helps us celebrate Black History Month.

Location: Slover Library 235 E. Plume Street Norfolk Virginia 
Date: February 11, 2019 from 3:30-4:30pm
Description: Take part in a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate African American History Month! (Teens) 

 
February 12, 2019
 
Location: Horace C. Downing Branch 555 E. Liberty St. Norfolk, Virginia 23523 
Date: February 12, 2019 from 4-5pm 
Description: Cash in on your hidden talent with our Kits of Crafts. We have something for almost everyone who enjoy using their hands, and imagination using such kits for jewelry making, art sets with 3DPens, and the button maker just to name a few of the tools you will be using. Come and see how much fun you will have in this make and take workshop.
 
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, Suffolk VA 
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 6:30-7:30pm
Description: How do space, math, girls, and Black History Month go together? Using Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker as a backdrop, come complete a series of STEM activities. Grades K-5.
 

February 13, 2019

Location: Churchland Library 4934 High St W Portsmouth VA
Date: February 13, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm
Description: Join together with your community in honoring African-American history. Hear from a historical guest speaker, listen to local musical talent and see a breathtaking display of local artisans’ handiwork at this celebratory event recognizing African American history in Portsmouth. (Appropriate for all ages).
 

 
February 14, 2019
 
 
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, Suffolk VA
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 6-7:30pm 
Description: Black History Month Event: Immerse yourself in African-American history as you grab a paint brush and canvas to create a masterpiece inspired by the latest and greatest artists of the African Diaspora. Registration is suggested due to availability for supplies. 

Location: Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, 23504 -- Brown Hall Mainstage Theater
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm 
Cost $25
Description: An Inaugural Norfolk Theatre Festival production -- Once on this Island is the big, bold, breathtaking and innovative musical transformation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale The Little Mermaid. In Once on this Island we meet Ti Moune, a fearless Caribbean girl who is ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with a boy who has captured her heart.
 
 
February 16, 2019

Location: The Chrysler Museum, One Memorial Drive, Norfolk VA
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 10am-3pm
Cost: Free
Description: Bring the family to the Museum and celebrate Black History Month with us. Experience traditional African music, enjoy performances by Teens with a Purpose and The Governor’s School for the Arts, listen to children’s stories in the galleries, and much more. Add a squaretotheChrysler’squilt collage and try your hand at a bead craft. There is sure to be fun for the entire family! 
 
Location: High & Green Streets, Portsmouth VA
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:30am  
Description: Wear your favorite costume representing an African American hero, past, present, local, city, state, national or international. Walk or ride a shuttle bus to see significant African-American historical sites in Portsmouth African American history, concluding at the Portsmouth Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center at 900 Elm Ave. Meet Mae Breckenridge-Haywood, author and resident of the African American Historical Society, who will have signed copies of the books Black America: Portsmouth, Virginia, and For You, Dear Norcom next door at the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum at 904 Elm Ave. To register, contact Joyce White-Tasby at (202)812-2804. Registration fees are $10.00 for an individual and $50.00 for 10 or more. The line-up begins at 10:30 am at High & Green Streets. 
 
Black History Month Celebration at The Newsome House (Newport News)
Location: The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center, 2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News Va
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019  from 12-5pm
Cost: Free
Description: Join us as we welcome back the Weyanoke Association with a Black History Month Celebration in honor of African-American history. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 757-247-2360.

Location: Doris Miller Community Center 2814 Wickham Ave. Newport News VA
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1-3pm
Description: Come join us for a Saturday afternoon movie, free popcorn and your favorite past time movie! Join in the family fun!!! A parent/guardian must accompany youth ages 6 & under. 

Location: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 1pm
Cost: Free with $1 Museum admission
Description: The nation of Egypt, while located in North Africa, has a history that is among the oldest in the world and is distinct from the rest of the continent. Do Egyptians today associate their culture with the wider narrative of African history? Do Egyptians – past and present – consider themselves “black?” In today’s world, the notion of where and how Egypt fits with the rest of Africa is more complex than simple geography. During this program, Museum content developer Erika Cosme explores the modern debate about Egypt’s relationship with Africa’s history, race, and culture, while discussing the ways Egyptians have viewed themselves over the centuries.

Location: Main Street Library, Newport News VA 
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 2pm 
Description: The Virginiana Room is unveiling a new exhibit. Join us as we honor African American individuals from the Southeast Community whose contributions have impacted the City of Newport News and Virginia.
 
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, Suffolk VA
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 11am-2pm  
Description: Black History Month Event: Join us for an afternoon of superheroics and learn some history of some of the popular African American superheroes. We will have games, activities, prizes and more.

Mini African American Invention Museum (Virginia Beach)
Location: MEO Central Library 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 2-4pm
Description: You have heard of Madam C.J. Walker and Garrett Morgan. But have you heard of Alexander P. Ashbourne or Osbourn Dorsey? Come visit our mini-museum of African American inventors to learn more. All Ages Welcome. No registration required. 
 
Location: Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, 23504 -- Brown Hall Mainstage Theater
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2pm 
Cost $25
Description: An Inaugural Norfolk Theatre Festival production -- Once on this Island is the big, bold, breathtaking and innovative musical transformation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale The Little Mermaid. In Once on this Island we meet Ti Moune, a fearless Caribbean girl who is ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with a boy who has captured her heart.
 
Location: Barron F. Black Branch 6700 E. Tanners Creek Dr. Norfolk, Virginia 23513 
Date: February 16, 2019 from 3-4pm 
Description: Caribbean Steel was formed in 2007 by Gary “ JuJu” Garlic as a Steel Band. Vocalist Kyra LaVonne & percussionist Gary Garlic Jr. will join the group as it plays Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, Latin Jazz, and Caribbean sounds. (Family)
 
Three Divas Concert (Norfolk) 
Location: Slover Library 235 E. Plume Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 
Date: February 16, 2019 from 3-4:30pm 
Description: This concert features gospel, jazz and classical performances by perennial favorite Dr. Patricia Saunders Nixon along with Chrystall Elliott-Smith and Taylor G.
 
Location: Horace C. Downing Branch 555 E. Liberty St. Norfolk, Virginia 23523 
Date: February 16, 2019 from 3-4:30pm 
Description: This celebrated non-secular choir has been performing since1967. Members of the founding group were alumni of Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk State University and members of local churches.
 
Location: Larchmont Branch 6525 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, Virginia 23508 
Date: February 16, 2019 from 3-4:30pm 
Description: Storyteller and folk artist Mendel Williams will present original material to celebrate various aspects of the cultural heritage of African Americans. Expect lots of singing, beautiful crafts and funny and warm-hearted stories. (All Ages)
 
Location: Lafayette Branch Library 1610 Cromwell Dr. Norfolk, Virginia 23509 
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 3-5pm 
Description: This play follows the journey of brave men and women who risked it all to travel north and help others escape the terrors of slavery.

Location: The Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
Date: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019 – Saturdays 4:30pm.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION (museum admission is not required)
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.

February 17, 2019

Location: Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, 23504 -- Brown Hall Mainstage Theater
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2pm 
Cost $25
Description: An Inaugural Norfolk Theatre Festival production -- Once on this Island is the big, bold, breathtaking and innovative musical transformation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale The Little Mermaid. In Once on this Island we meet Ti Moune, a fearless Caribbean girl who is ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with a boy who has captured her heart.
 
Three Divos Concert (Norfolk) 
Location: Slover Library 235 E. Plume Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 
Date: February 17, 2019 from 4-6pm 
Description: Dr. Gregory Gardner, Chair Music Department, Ronald Meyers, Adjunct Professor, Music Department and Gerrell Traynum, student— all of Norfolk State University—will match the grand voices of the women of the Three Divas Concert from the previous day.
 

February 18, 2019

Location: Doris Miller Community Center 2814 Wickham Ave. Newport News VA
Date: February 18-22, 2019
Description: Come join us this week and learn about your community. Black History Month Trivia? How well do you know your community? 

Location: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Date: Monday, February 18, 2019 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free with $1 Museum admission
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 Princess and the Pea, by Rachel Isadora. The author gives this Hans Christian Andersen classic a fresh spin, set in Africa, as a prince travels the world in search of a “real princess” to marry.

Location: Norview High School, 6501 Chesapeake Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23513
Date: Monday, February 18, 2019 from 4-6pm
Description: The I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Inc., renowned locally and nationally as one of the leading exponents of choral music, continues to earn accolades for its performance of the music of the Masters, as well as its interpretation of traditional Negro Spirituals. The annual "Salute to Black Composers" concert features the music of classical, traditional, and contemporary composers. Suggested donation $20.00. 
 
February 19, 2019
 
Location: Doris Miller Community Center 2814 Wickham Ave. Newport News VA
Date: February 18-22, 2019
Description: Come join us this week and learn about your community. Black History Month Trivia? How well do you know your community? 

Location: Janaf Branch 124 Janaf Shopping Center Norfolk, Virginia 23504 
Date: February 19, 2019 from 4-5:30pm 
Description: Come out to create crafts and learn facts about African American history. (School age)
 
 
February 20, 2019
 
Location: Doris Miller Community Center 2814 Wickham Ave. Newport News VA
Date: February 18-22, 2019
Description: Come join us this week and learn about your community. Black History Month Trivia? How well do you know your community? 

Location: Main Street Library, Newport News VA 
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11am 
Description: Main Street Library continues with their Home School series and in celebration of Black History Month, the Main Street Library in conjunction with Virginia Young Audiences presents "Come Freedom Come". Celebrated film and stage actor Valerie Davis captures the physical, historical and spiritual essence of Martha Ann Fields a Virginia slave, from the Nutshell Plantation in Hanover County. Come hear her story of survival and how she escaped slavery with her 8 children. Learn about her struggle to establish a new life as a free woman and the impact her family had on Virginia politics and history in the years following their escape. All are welcome

Location: Hampton History Museum 120 Old Hampton Lane Hampton VA
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 12-1pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Description: Hampton University Museum Director Vanessa Thaxton-Ward takes you on a virtual tour of one of the most impressive of collections of multicultural art in America. Founded in 1868, the museum is the nation’s oldest African-American museum and the oldest museum in Virginia. The holdings represent the first assemblage of African art collected by African-American William H. Shepperd and it is the first institutional collection of work by African-American artists. The more than 12,000 objects and works of art are representative of cultures from around the world. The museum’s focus turned to the fine arts in 1894 with the acquisition of Henry Ossawa Tanner’s "The Banjo Lesson." Works by Jacob Lawrence, John Biggers, Samella Lewis and Elizabeth Catlett are also among the collection. The museum’s art holdings of the Harlem Renaissance period are among the nation’s finest. The museum has one of the most exceptional collections of African, Native-American and African-American art in the United States and is the oldest African-American museum in the country. The museum is also renowned for its world-class collection of contemporary art by African-American artists. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch--we'll have free dessert for you!
 
Location: African-American History Month: Guess That Song at Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch at Broad Creek Library (Norfolk)
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 4-5pm
Description: African American History Month Event (School Age & Teens)

Location: Little Creek Branch 7853 Tarpon Place Norfolk, Virginia 23518 
Date: February 20, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm 
Description: Shields are an important part of African culture. Hear a story and make your very own shield.
 
Location: Morgan Memorial Library 
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 6-7pm 
Description: Do you know who Clarence L. Elder is? He is the African-American inventor of the energy-saving motion sensor. Join us at this program to learn about Elder and his invention. We will program and experiment with motion sensors using a Raspberry Pi mini computer. Registration not required. Families and all-ages welcome.
 
February 21, 2019

Location: Doris Miller Community Center 2814 Wickham Ave. Newport News VA
Date: February 18-22, 2019
Description: Come join us this week and learn about your community. Black History Month Trivia? How well do you know your community? 

Location: Bayside Special Service Library 936 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach VA
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 10-11am
Description: Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. Picture books invite children to experience a wide variety of ideas and experiences about people alike, and different from, them and their family. Join VBPL Youth Librarians for tips to help in selecting diverse books for preschoolers, sing songs, and enjoy a read-aloud book sharing of some 2018 titles. Adults with children ages 3-5. Registration is required.

Location: Horace C. Downing Branch 555 E. Liberty St. Norfolk, Virginia 23523 
Date: February 21, 2019 from 4-5pm 
Description: Dolls made from wooden beads and pipe cleaners.
 
Location: Barron F. Black Branch 6700 E. Tanners Creek Dr. Norfolk, Virginia 23513 
Date: February 21, 2019 from 4-5pm 
Description: This story starts when Anansi drops into Elephant’s melon patch. Join us to see what happens with Anansi...the Spider! (Family)

Underground Railroad Scavenger Hunt at Blyden Branch Library (Norfolk)
Location: Blyden Branch, Norfolk Public Library 879 E. Princess Anne Road Norfolk Virginia 23504
Date: Thursday, February 21,2019from 5-6pm
Description: African American History Month Event Follow the drinking gourd, figure out the clues and win a prize! (School Age)
 

February 22, 2019
 
Location: Doris Miller Community Center 2814 Wickham Ave. Newport News VA
Date: February 18-22, 2019
Description: Come join us this week and learn about your community. Black History Month Trivia? How well do you know your community? 

Location: Harrison Opera House, Norfolk VA 
Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 from 7:30-9:30pm 
Cost: $15 adults, $10 for students under 25 
Description: Feel the heat! In this dazzling show, high-energy Caribbean and West African music blend with electrifying dance to tell the story of Trinidad steel pan drums and calypso. Designed to captivate audiences of all ages, Rhythm Live! features young performers from the Virginia Arts Festival’s The Rhythm Project All-Stars and The Governor's School for the Arts, who work for months to learn the historically authentic music and acrobatic dance moves. 
  
 
February 23, 2019

Location: Jamestown Settlement 2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S Williamsburg VA 23185
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9am-5pm
Cost: Included with museum admission: $17.50 for adults, $8.25 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. A separate ticket is required to attend the evening concert and can be purchased for $20
Description: African-American women, from 1619 to today, are honored as Jamestown Settlement presents “After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in America” on February 23. The legacy of Angelo, the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown, and African-American women in Virginia are celebrated with a day of music, dramatic performance and historical presentations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a night of jazz and blues from 6 to 10 p.m. 
 
Location: Participating Barnes & Noble locations in Hampton Roads, VA
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019  at 11am
Cost: Free
Description: Join us for our biography kids' book series as we read about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an inspiring leader who had a dream of peace and love for all children everywhere.

Hands-On History (Newport News)
Location: The Mariners' Museum 100 Museum Drive, Newport News VA
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 1-2pm
Cost: Included in $1 museum admission
Description: Join The Mariners’ Museum and Park during the month of February as we celebrate Black History Month through programs, living history, lectures, and hands-on activities for children and adults. All programs are free with $1 Museum admission. Are you the type of museum guest who routinely bangs your forehead on a glass case while trying to get a closer look at an object (or artifact)? Enjoy our Hands on History program and feel the weight of a cannonball, try on a sailors palm, or closely examine the fine lines of a piece of scrimshaw. These are just a few of the objects you’ll experience! For the month of February, this program will relate to African and African American culture and history.
 
Location: Portsmouth Public Library 601 Court St, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 1-3pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Description: Explore the world of Caribbean Steel Drums through a historical and musical demonstration. Learn how drums were outlawed on many Caribbean islands and how they came to be made from steel. In addition, a unique sound and art form was created by these politics. Learn how the people of the Caribbean became independent and at the same time developed an art of their own. This event is free and open to the public.  
 
Location: Blyden Branch 879 E. Princess Anne Rd. Norfolk, Virginia 23504 
Date: February 23, 2019 from 1:30-3:30pm 
Description: Featuring the Word Singers, Butts Family, The Preachers, Gospel Chandeliers and others.
 
Location: Morgan Memorial Library, Suffolk VA
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 3-4pm 
Cost: Free but registration is required. 
Description: Black History Month Event: Bring your family out to the library for an afternoon of gameshow fun. Learn about African-American people, events, and more--Jeopardy Style!
 
Location: The Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
Date: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019 – Saturdays 4:30pm.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION (museum admission is not required)
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.


February 24, 2019

Location: Main Street Library, Newport News VA 
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 1:30pm 
Description: Main Street Library is continuing the Black Film Series. On Sunday February 24th at 1:30 in honor of Black History Month we’re showing “The Butler". All movies are rated PG13. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served 

Location: Slover Library 235 E. Plume Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 4-6pm 
Description: Pastor Tully Mae Wood and Charlotte Olivis and the H. Sherard Fields Band and Friends will bring back precious memories of her great gospel legacy. 
 

February 25, 2019
 
Location: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free with $1 Museum admission
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 another wonderful children’s story written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Janet Stevens, Anansi the spider plans to trick a friend into catching his dinner but things take an interesting turn. Come find out what happens in Anansi Goes Fishing!

Location: Oceanfront Area Library 700 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA
Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 from 5:45-6:45pm
Description: In celebration of Black History Month and in honor of VBPL's collaboration with Old Dominion University's Big Read of Claudia Rankine's Citizen, join us for an informative and interactive discussion of the history of African American prose and poetry. The literature created by, for, and about African American citizens reflects both their history as a people and the culture they have cultivated. In this discussion, we will explore the stories told by black writers, both well- and lesser-known, and share these stories through recordings and reading aloud. This event is for Adults and Teens. 


February 27, 2019

Location: Park Place 620 West 29th St. Norfolk, Virginia 23508
Date: February 27, 2019 from 10:30-11:30am 
Description: This play is a fast-paced introduction to George Washington Carver and many great Blacks --from inventors whose creations we now take for granted to heroic Blacks who overcame great adversity and worked to make our country a better place.
 
Location: Little Creek Branch 7853 Tarpon Place Norfolk, Virginia 23518 
Date: February 27, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm 
Description: Fabric quilts were used as a secret communication tool to lead the way to freedom for African American slaves. Learn the secrets behind these amazing quilts.

February 28, 2019
 
Location: Little Creek Branch 7853 Tarpon Place Norfolk, Virginia 23518 
Date: February 28, 2019 from 10:30-11:30am 
Description: This play is a fast-paced introduction to George Washington Carver and many great Blacks --from inventors whose creations we now take for granted to heroic Blacks who overcame great adversity and worked to make our country a better place.
 
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