In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Black History Month events

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has several events going on for Black History Month:

  • Feb. 1 to March 6 – Romare Bearden’s Three Folk Musicians, a large-scale collage that depicts two guitar players and a banjo player, will be featured in the Mid to Late 20th-Century Art Galleries on the museum’s second floor.
  • Feb. 7, 9 – 3 in 30 Gallery Talk: African Art – Join Richard Woodward, VMFA Curator of African Art, and Ashley Durhkoop, Curatorial Assistant for African Art, for a conversation about the beauty and power of art in its cultural context and in a museum setting. The dialogue will focus on three works of African and African American art in the galleries. Tue, Feb 7, 11–11:30 a.m. & Thu, Feb 9, 6:30–7 p.m. | Free
  • Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 – Defining Generations: African American Artists – Discover artists Hank Willis Thomas, Barkley Hendricks, Elizabeth Catlett, Louis Draper, and others who influenced later generations of African American artists.  1–2:30 p.m. | $90 (VMFA members $75)
  • Feb. 9 – Jazz around the Museum: Lady E & the Blues Synsation Band – Presented as part of the museum’s weekly Dominion Jazz Café series. Thu, Feb 9 | 6–9 pm | Atrium | Free
  • Feb. 16 – Richmond-born photographer LeRoy Henderson will discuss his life and work documenting protest culture from the late-1960s into the 21st century with Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.In 2014, Henderson’s photographs were part of the VMFA exhibition Signs of Protest: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era. That same year, the museum acquired his 1989 work, Boy with Flag. Henderson’s talk will be 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Leslie Cheek Theater. The cost is $8 (VMFA members $5).
  • Feb. 17 – Friday Night Dance: Studio 4 Dance Company – Studio 4 Dance Company is bringing hip-hop dance to VMFA. Dance along with Studio 4 instructors and watch the company perform original routines through the evening. 6-8:30 p.m. | Atrium | Free, no registration
  • Feb. 23 – VMFA staff and community members will share African American literature related to works in the collection, which is a part of the 27th National African American Read-In. The read-in aims to make literacy part of Black History Month celebrations. The program will be held in various VMFA galleries from 4-7 p.m. and is open to the public.
  • March 6 – Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir – The Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir, directed by Wayne A. Barr with accompanist Brenda Shuford, performs. This esteemed organization, developed by Dr. Booker T. Washington, is steeped in more than a century of pride and rich, choral traditions. Sponsored by SunTrust Bank and Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher and Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher. 6–7:30 p.m. | Free, tickets required

Fort Lee:

  • Feb. 9 – African American/Black History Month Observance – Hosted by 244th Quartermaster Battalion, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade and the CASCOM and Fort Lee Equal Opportunity Office and Defense Contract Management Agency. 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, Lee Theater


  • Feb. 7, 18 – Beginning African-American Genealogy – Jody Raab, Richmond Family History Center, introduces techniques and resources to use in African-American genealogical research. Registration is required. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7-8 p.m., Chester Library, 11800 Centre Street. Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Clover Hill Library 6701 Deer Run Drive
  • Feb. 11 – Meet Dr. King – Children learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and may be inspired to use his example in their own schools and communities. This program is for children ages 4-10.  Registration is required. Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30-11:15 a.m., North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road
  • Feb. 11 – Black History Heroes, Soldiers, and Spies – Learn about spies during the Civil War, Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen. This program is for adults and children, ages 8 and older. Registration is required. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-2:45 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd.
  • Feb. 13 – Virginia Untold – A new digital collection at the Library of Virginia helps researchers learn about the lives of African-Americans dating back to the 17th century. Registration required. Monday, Feb. 13, 7-8 p.m., Chester Library, 11800 Centre Street
  • Feb. 16, 27 – Sukey: Life with Dolley Madison – Learn about life on James Madison’s Montpelier plantation and during his time in the White House. Charmaine Crowell-White portrays Sukey, Dolley Madison’s servant. Registration is required.  Thursday, Feb. 16, 7-7:45 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road. Monday, Feb. 27, 7-7:45 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd.
  • Feb. 23 – Chesterfield County Public Library will host writer Bert Ashe, Ph.D., author of the book Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles. Ashe will discuss the historical journey, as well as his own personal journey, to dreadlocks and the questions they raise about identity. Ashe was a finalist for the Library of Virginia’s Annual Literary Award for non-fiction. The program will be held from 7-8 p.m., Laprade Library, 9000 Hull St. Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23236.  A book sale and signing will take place after the event. The program is one of a series of events offered in observance of Black History Month. Registration is required and begins Feb. 9. Ashe is an associate professor of English at the University of Richmond. He has written one other book called From Within the Frame: Storytelling in African-American Fiction. For more information, visit or call (804) 751-CCPL.


  • Click here to see the list of Black History Month events in Hopewell.

GRTC is paying tribute to local Black History-Makers each week:

  • Feb. 5 to 11 – GRTC Honors Tom Mitchell
  • Feb. 12 to 18 – GRTC Honors Nathan Burrell
  • Feb. 19 to 25 – GRTC Honors The Payne Family

Elegba Folklore Society:

  • Click here to see the list of Black History Month events at the Elegba Folklore Society.

University of Richmond:

  • Feb. 13 – African Dance Class – Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness Studio, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Feb. 18 – National Museum of African American History & Culture (Washington, D.C.), Register: Center for Student Involvement, Fee: ($20 deposit due at registration, used for purchase of lunch and dinner), Bus Transportation: PROVIDED and REQUIRED to attend museum, Departure: 9 a.m., Return: est. 8 p.m. (REGISTRATION CLOSES 2/10 at 5 p.m.)
  • Feb. 19 – Oliver Hill Scholars Program – The Remnants of Our Past: I am … because we are … – 2–4 p.m. at the Jepson Alumni Center, Robins Pavilion
  • Feb. 21 – Agents of Change Documentary – 7-9 p.m. at the Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium
  • Feb. 26 – Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia – 1–4 p.m. Meet at the Transportation Hub at 12:45 p.m.

Pine Camp Community Center:

Ebenezer Baptist Church: