Black History Month Events

Calendar of Local Black History Events  



Martin Luther King, Jr.

Exhibit: “All Blood is Red;” examines integration in the context of war and the changing face of America.   More than 70 newly-acquired artifacts and photographs are on display in the special way that our museum juxtaposes the old with the new.  Free and open to the public.   See Web site for hours. John J. Wright Museum;


Gospelfest, an afternoon of gospel music with choirs, singing groups and praise dance teams in honor of Black History Month; 3 to 4 p.m..; free; co-sponsored by UMW Voices of Praise; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; University of Mary Washington; (540) 654-1044.


Lecture: “A Time Before Crack: The Destruction of the Southern California Black Panther Party and the Transformation of Black Youth Culture in Late 20th Century Los Angeles;” 7 p.m.; free; Dr. Donna Murch, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University and author of Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California will discuss the social, political, and cultural issues that influenced the demise of the Black Panther Party and its impact on African-American youth culture in Los Angeles, California.; Red Room, Woodard Campus Center; University of Mary Washington; (540) 654-1044.


Presentation: “Vevé of Afá: A Rainbow on the Earth;” 7 p.m.; free; Cuban artist and poet, Camilo Rivero-Fis will present and discuss art installations based on Afro-Cuban-Haitian Bois Palmich (religious and cultural practices).   Sponsored by the Modern Foreign Languages, James Farmer Multicultural Center, English, Linguistics, and Communication, UMW Galleries, and Classics, Philosophy, and Religion.Lee Hall, Room 411; University of Mary Washington; (540) 654-1044.


Celebrate Black History Month at the Montross branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Stories, music, and food in the African tradition.


“The Slaves’ Gamble,” lecture by Gene Smith, professor of history and director of the Center for Texas Studies at Texas Christian University and author of “The Slaves Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812;” 7 p.m.; free; sponsored by the Papers of James Monroe and the James Monroe Museum; Lee Hall, Room 411; University of Mary Washington; (540) 654-1044.


“Arthur Ashe: The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series;” 7:30 to 9 p.m.; free; Arnold Rampersad, co-author of Days of Grace with Arthur Ashe, and Sara Hart Kimball, professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Stanford University; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; University of Mary Washington; (540) 654-1065.


“Black History in Falmouth;” 7:30 p.m.; free; Norman Schools will speak about his new book, Virginia Shade, which depicts 300 years of African–American history in Falmouth. Some blacks were free, but most were slaves—an African king and princess among them. During the Civil War, thousands of slaves crossed into Union lines at Falmouth to claim freedom. After the war, equality remained elusive. Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, Stafford Administration Building. All are welcome.


“Lest We Forget: A Conference on Enslavement and Emancipation.” at The Hylton Chapel, Woodbridge. First in an annual series of conferences on African–American history in Virginia. Keynote addresses (including University of Mary Washington professor Douglas Sanford and Dr. Lauranette Lee of the Virginia Historical Society), forums, dramatic plays and guided tours of historic sites related to the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Free. 703/792-4754;


“Reflections on Black History: The Rosenwald School at Kremlin.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..; free; Unique program will feature insights of Stephanie Deutsch, author of You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of the Schools for the Segregated South. After refreshments, a panel of former students, teachers and community leaders will discuss the impact and importance of the Rosenwald School at Kremlin and Westmoreland County’s African–American community. Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., partnered with Washington to build six schools in rural Alabama. By 1928, one in every five rural schools for black students in the South was a Rosenwald school, housing a third of region’s rural black schoolchildren. Event will be held at the historic school, where Nomini Hall Road meets Jerusalem Church Road. Free. Sponsored by Stratford Hall, home of Lees of Virginia and birthplace of Robert E. Lee.; 804/493-8038; email


Celebrate Black History Month with Dr. Lewis Brown and Dr. Shamira Brown. They will bring history alive with film clips, displays, music, and memorabilia. 7 to 9 pm; Porter branch, Central Rappahannock Regional Library.


“Marian Anderson: The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series;” 7:30 to 9 p.m.; free; lecture by by Raymond Arsenault, author of The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert that Awakened America and the John Hope Franklin, professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; University of Mary Washington; (540) 654-1065.