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.

If you like Who Am I Without Him: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake

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Who Am I Without Him: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake
In the game of love, young men and women weigh,what they need from the opposite sex against what,they need to find in themselves. This popular,short story collection, including two never-before,published entries, gives teens a chance to witness,the outcomes of 12 unique trysts. As relationships,go either right or wrong, with surprising, often,funny, always on-point results, mindful readers,will appreciate the warning signs and perhaps save,themselves from the same fate as these fictional,protagonists.

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Begging For Change by Sharon Flake
Begging For Change
by Sharon Flake
Teenaged Raspberry Hill tries to sort out her confused feelings of disgust, shame, and love for her homeless, drug addicted father and worries that she may have inherited his lying and stealing ways.



Indigo Summer by Monica Mckayhan
Indigo Summer
by Monica Mckayhan
When fifteen-year-old Indigo's perfect world falls apart she turns to her neighbor, sixteen-year-old Marcus Carter, for help but now that she has realized what a great guy he is, so does someone else. (Indigo Summer series)


Lost and Found by Anne Schraff
Lost and Found
by Anne Schraff
Darcy Wills is in big trouble. And she does not know where to turn for help. First there was the mysterious stranger who started following her. Then there was the threatening note left on her desk at Bluford High School. And now her sister has disappeared. Forced into a desperate race against time, Darcy must take action to save her sister--and her fragile family--before it is too late. (Bluford series)


Sixteen Going on Twenty-one by Darrien Lee
Sixteen Going on Twenty-one
by Darrien Lee
Meet sixteen-year old Denim Mitchell. She is very smart and has a great head on her shoulders. This all comes from the guidance that she gets from her family unit. But Miss Denim has a serious crush on a childhood friend and neighbor, Andre Patterson. Andre aka Dre' is the star on the basketball team. He is what you think if as the big man on campus. Dre's family life is the total opposite of Denim's. His family is involved with some illegal activity. (Denim Diaries)


Karen Hesse

A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

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Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America

Sharon Robinson

A biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues, as told by his daughter.

Middle School

The Princess and the Pea

By Rachel Isadora

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A simplified version of the tale in which a girl proves that she is a real princess by feeling a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds. This version of the Hans Christian Anderson tale is set in Africa. JE Fic Isa Suggested for Ages 3-5
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Her Stories: African American Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales

By Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

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Winner of the 1996 Coretta Scott King Award, this book collects stories about strong, Black women. Suggested for ages 8-12.
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Dope Sick

By Walter Dean Myers

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Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy "Lil J" Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J's life when he could have made better choices.
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The Rose That Grew From Concrete

By Tupac Amaru Shakur

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Capturing the unrivaled passion and candor that made him one of America's bestselling solo recording artists, this collection of poetry offers a glimpse into Shakur's enigmatic life and its intense contradictions.
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By Sherri L. Smith

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When America enters World War II, the Army creates the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). Having always dreamed of flying, Ida Mae Jones, a young African-American woman, suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific.
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