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Black History Month 2024


The library will host a full line-up of programs for Black History Month. Whether you watch a performance, attend a lecture, view a film, or participate in a book discussion, we hope you will visit the library over the coming weeks to learn with us about Black history and culture! Read on for a full list of upcoming events and recommended reads from our collection.


  • Bright Star Theatre: Black History’s Groundbreaking Geniuses
    • Friday, February 2, 4-5PM at Twin Hickory
    • Saturday, February 3, 10-11AM at Varina
    • Black History is filled with amazing inventors, artists, and thinkers who changed the world. Be educated and entertained by professional acting troupe Bright Star Theatre as they bring Black History to life. We'll learn about scientists like surgeon Daniel Hale Williams, mathematicians like Dorothy Vaughan, writers like Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou, and artists like Alvin Ailey.
  • Bright Star Theatre: Meet Dr. King
    • Saturday, February 3, 2-3PM at Fairfield
    • Experience this theatrical adaptation of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., designed for children to learn about the legacy of Dr. King and the broader Civil Rights Movement. The play follows Dr. King's life from youth to adulthood: experiencing racism for the first time as a boy, meeting his wife, Coretta, becoming a pastor, and finally becoming a national inspiration.
  • Black History Trivia
    • Saturday, February 3, 3-4PM at North Park
    • Best for grades K-5. Test your knowledge and learn more about Black History. If you are lucky, you may win a prize courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
  • Elegba Folklore Society: The Talking Gourd
    • Monday, February 5, 6-7PM at Fairfield
    • Thursday, February 8, 6-7PM at Glen Allen
    • Attend an interactive and culturally enriching presentation from Richmond's Elegba Folklore Society. Learn about Mother Africa's global contributions and influence through oral histories, music, and ceremony. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  
  • Hip Hop: A History
    • Tuesday, February 6, 6-7PM at Fairfield
    • Thursday, February 8, 6-7PM at Libbie Mill
    • Learn all about Hip Hop's roots from Richmond's Hip Hop Historian, JayQuan, who has been performing and documenting Hip Hop history since the 1970s. 
  • Supreme Court Case: Green v. County School Board of New Kent County (1968)
    • Tuesday, February 6, 6:30-8PM at Tuckahoe
    • Associate Professor of History at VCU, Dr. Brian Daugherity, will discuss his original research on the 1968 United States Supreme Court caseGreen v. County School Board of New Kent County. This case was important to school integration efforts in Virginia. 
  • Teen Art Studio: Black History Month Edition
    • Tuesday, February 20, 6-8PM at Varina
    • For this edition of Teen Art Studio, we will explore Black brilliance, innovation, and creativity of contemporary artists for Black History Month with some fun, hands-on cultural activities! All artistic skill levels are welcome and materials will be provided. Books will be available for checkout to continue learning at home.
  • Explore Virginia Hip Hop History
    • Thursday, February 22, 6:30-7:30PM at Libbie Mill
    • Learn about William & Mary's Hip Hop Collection with Jay Gaidmore, Director of Special Collections in Earl Gregg Swem Library. The collection includes oral histories committed to preserving and documenting Virginia’s rich Hip Hop past, as well as recordings of Hip Hop music, publications, and ephemera created by Virginia and Virginia-based artists, collectives, and businesses from the 1980s to the present. 


  • Black History Month Film Festival at Twin Hickory Library
    • During this year's festival, our focus is on the multi-talented actor, writer, producer, and director Jordan Peele.
      • Feb. 1, 6:30-8:30PM: US (2019, R, 116 min.)
      • Feb. 7, 6:30-8:30PM: Keanu (2016, R, 98 min.)
      • Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30PM: Get Out (2017, R, 103 min.)
      • Feb. 28, 6:30-8:30PM: Nope (2022, R, 120 min.)
  • Black History Month Filmathon
    • Friday, February 16, 10AM – 5PM at Libbie Mill
    • Join us for a day-long filmathon that will immerse you in powerful stories, captivating performances, and thought-provoking narratives that pay tribute to the rich and diverse stories of Black culture and history. Light snacks will be provided on a first come, first served basis. 
      • 10AM: Race (2016, PG-13, 135 min.)
      • 12:30PM: The Woman King (2022, R, 135 min.)
      • 3PM: Get Out (2017, R, 103 min.)







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