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Black History Month in the Richmond, Virginia Area
Below is a list of locations hosting Black History Month events in the Richmond,
Virginia area. For more information related to these events, please check out their
individual websites or contact them directly.
"Free Indeed" Exhibit
On exhibit at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society is “free indeed!” which examines
relationships between whites and blacks in the Baptist churches of Virginia prior
to emancipation as well as the trials and triumphs of the enslaved. The exhibit
opened in January 2012 and has attracted hundreds of visitors including numerous
tour groups. It will remain on view through March 2014. In period documents, manuscript
books, artifacts and specially-commissioned artwork, the exhibit shares stories
from “the peculiar institution” called slavery. “free indeed!” – the exhibit – is
open for visitors most weekdays from 9a-12pm and 1-4:30pm. Group tours must be scheduled
by calling (804) 289-8434. http://www.baptistheritage.org/
Signs of Protest: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (through Feb. 28)
Signs and protests were inseparable in the 1960s. Like a visual bullhorn, they both
amplified and unified the voices fighting injustice. This exhibition includes photographs
that feature protest signs, as well as images of the larger culture of resistance
surrounding them, with an emphasis on Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther
King Jr., Malcolm X, and Stokely Carmichael.
African American Read-In (Thu, Feb 20, 5 - 6 pm, Free)
Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute with Film (Fri, Feb 21, 6 - 10 pm, $8 (VMFA members
The Black History Segway Tour from River City Segs starts with enslaved peoples,
and travels through emancipation, the ups and downs of Jackson Ward, into civil
rights and to the present day. Its a unique way to experience and engage in Richmond.
Feel free to give us a call with any other questions or comments. Like all of River
City Segs' Segway adventures, this tour starts with a FULL training session on the
only Segway specific training area in Virginia. River City Segs' training area is
housed inside our historic 1884 firehouse.
Connecting Women of Color Conference
University of Richmond
Friday, February 2, 2014
Jepson Alumni Center
The Connecting Women of Color Conference fosters an open dialogue in which undergraduate
women can think deeply and critically about current issues. This conference seeks
to cultivate an outlet on campus focused on both intellectual and personal development
in which women of color at the University of Richmond and their allies can have
meaningful dialogues around issues important to them while also serving as a forum
to invite women from other local universities to further the diversity work and
inclusivity of the conference. The conference intentionally focuses on networking
in a welcoming environment with the intentions of connecting students with women
that they otherwise may not have the opportunity to meet.
For more information, please visit the
“An Evening with Actor and Author Hill Harper”
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
7 – 9 p.m.
University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms
Sponsored by Black Caucus @ VCU, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Student
Government Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Race, Place & Identity
Richmond Organizations Highlight Civil Rights and Social Justice
Beginning in January 2014, eight Richmond-based arts and cultural organizations
will partner to facilitate community-wide conversations about civil rights and social
justice inspired by their respective exhibitions and programs. Highlights include
Signs of Protest as well as
Posing Beauty in African American Culture at the Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts, Louis Draper Retrospective at Candela Books
+ Gallery, and the Hair Craft Project at 1708 Gallery. Below
you will find a comprehensive listing of the participating institutions and links
to their respective websites for more information on their exhibitions and program
offerings. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted by the
organization. Follow the links for each venue’s website for directions, gallery
hours and other details.