Black History Month 2022 in Richmond and Beyond

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was a suffragist, civil rights activist and pioneering journalist who chronicled the lynching of Black Americans in her reporting. On Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Michelle Duster, author of “Ida B. the Queen,” discusses her great-grandmother for The Washington Post’s Black History Month series about the role Black women have played in the country’s development. Register here.

Michelle Duster


Virginia Randolph

Henrico County Public Library -Speaker event

Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. Fairfield Area Library, 1401 N. Laburnum Ave.

Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. Glen Allen Branch Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road.

Biographer and filmmaker Elvatrice Belsches will take the audience on a multimedia journey amplifying the extraordinary contributions of Virginia E.  Randolph in the areas of education, public health, and juvenile justice reform.

Elvatrice Belsches

Ms. Belsches currently is working on a documentary of Randolph’s legacy and is the recipient of a Virginia Humanities grant for her project.

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Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Huguenot Road Baptist Church, 10525 W Huguenot Road.

Watch Rosa Parks come to life in a moving performance by radio announcer and talk show host, Theresa Gee. She will present a new perspective through the eyes of this historic activist in celebration of Black History Month.

The program is free, but registration is required. For more information, contact Susan Miller at (804) 212-8815, or email or visit

Friday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mayes Colbert Ettrick Recreation Center, 20621 Woodpecker Road – Black Excellence Art Exhibition.

Mon. Feb 7, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Huguenot Road Baptist Church, 10525 W Huguenot Road. Black History Month Book Presentation.  Local Matoaca author, James McKnight, will recap his book, “My Story of a Sharecropper’s Life.

 The program is free, but registration is required. For more information contact Susan Miller at 804 -212-8815 or email or visit –

Monday night Feb.7, 7 p.m. – Risk, Resilience and the Black Family. Dr. Shawn C.T. Jones discusses the mechanisms Black Families use to overcome and protect themselves from racism-related stress.

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Tuesday, Feb. 8, 12 noon,  Castlewood, 10201 Iron Bridge Road – History of Pleasant View School. Discover the history of one of the last preserved African American schoolhouses in Chesterfield County during the segregated era.

The program is free, but registration is required one week in advance. Email Bryan Truzzie at  

Feb.  10, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Virginia Commonwealth University Library, James Branch Cabell Library Lecture Hall, 901 Park Ave.

Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed tells the sweeping story of Juneteenth. In her searing new book, “On Juneteenth”, the Texas native chronicles both the state, and the country’s long road to Juneteenth—and the many hardships African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Jim Crow and beyond.

Annette Gordon-Reed

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Feb.  19 at 1 p.m. – Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site will host a “Matinee with Miss Maggie”

Virtual film program at 1 p.m. This year’s selected film, “Imitation of Life,” addresses one of the questions often asked by visitors to the site upon seeing photographs of Walker’s fair complexion: “Did Maggie L. Walker ever pass for white?” While historical evidence suggests she never did so on purpose, “passing” was something many Black people with light skin tones chose to do in Jim Crow America and beyond. The 1934 film “Imitation of Life” was among various stories told about racial passing during Walker’s time, exploring a topic that remains a point of fascination today. The public is invited to join a park historian in viewing “Imitation of Life” and discussing the significance of racial passing, both in Walker’s time and now. To sign up for this free event that is open to the public, please contact Park Ranger Ben Anderson at  A discussion will follow.

Additional information is available at 804-226-5041, or at or