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Black History Month events in Hampton Roads

Hampton University Museum is opening a new exhibit on Jan. 26 called “Pathways to Education: 1868-2018,” with pieces celebrating the 150 years of history at Hampton University. To view video:

There are several events, programs and more being offered throughout the Peninsula area in honor of Black History Month. Here is a sampling. For more, visit


Hampton Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services‎ presents “Voices of Freedom: From Civil War-Civil Rights,” 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Fort Monroe Community Center, 100 Stillwell Drive.

In honor of its 150th anniversary this year, Hampton University Museum, 14 Frissell St., opened “Pathways to Education,” an exhibit that explores the institution’s history, legacy and legend. It is on display through Nov. 17. More info: 757-727-5308 or

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight County Museum is inviting members of the community to share their photos, memories and documents to help the museum share the county’s black history. The museum will accept information via email to, phone at 757-356-1223 or in person at 103 Main Street in downtown Smithfield. Visit for more information.

“Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at Williams Mission Center, Main Street Baptist Church, 517 Main St., downtown Smithfield​. The one-woman show will feature writer/performer Morgan McCoy portraying 12 characters, including Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman and Michelle Obama. A $20 donation is requested. Call 757-357-2604 for more information.

Newport News

Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Drive. More info: or 757-596-2222.

  1. “Beyond the Shackles: The Role of African-Americans During the Civil War,” 10 a.m. Feb. 10. Lecture led by museum educator Wisteria Perry about blacks and their role in the Civil War.

  2. “The African and African-American Presence in the Maritime World,” 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Guided tour of the museum focused on the influences of Africans and African-Americans in maritime history.

  3. “Storytelling with Dylan Pritchett,” 1 p.m. Feb. 17. The Williamsburg native shares folklore and more in his “Scraps of History” presentation.

  4. “Anansi and Other African Folktales,” 1 p.m. Feb. 25. The role of African storytelling and incorporation of music is explored.

Saint Leo University’s School of Arts and Sciences will present “A Celebration of Black History” 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at its Newport News Education Office (One BayPort Way, Suite 160, Room 203 in Newport News). The program will feature guest speaker Travis Harris. The event is free and refreshments will be available. More info: Contact Dr. Eileen O’Brien at or call 757-267-8781.


Colonial Williamsburg is offering a host of programming in honor of Black History Month. Character interpretations will be offered at multiple sites, including the Governor’s Palace, Capitol, and George Wythe and Peyton Randolph houses, and African-American art will be featured at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. For a full list of offerings, visit or call 888-965-7254. Admission fees will apply to most events.

York County

York County will dedicate one its facilities to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at Charles Brown Park (1950 Old Williamsburg Road, Lackey). Several speakers are scheduled, including Rev. Robin Scott-King, the niece of the famed civil rights leader. Because of limited parking, a shuttle will be available from Rising Sun Baptist Church (2300 Old Williamsburg Road) to the park. More info: 757-890-3500.


Nauticus, One Waterside Drive in Norfolk, will present “And Still I Rise,” a full day of programming from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10. Presentations include “Waters to Freedom” by historian and author Cassandra Newby-Alexander of Norfolk State; “African-Americans in the Military” with Tuskegee Airmen Dr. Harry Quinton and Rev. Bill Burrell; and “African-American Scientists” featuring Christine Darden, who was featured in Margot Lee Shetterley’s “Hidden Figures.” Admission is $7.57 for adults and children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and younger are free. Visit or call 757-664-1000 for more information.

Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place in Norfolk, has several events planned for the month. More info: or call 757-664-6200.

  1. “History Speaks At The Moses Myers House,” 1 p.m. Sunday. The lives of enslaved servants Moses and Eliza Myers are examined using documents from the archive. Free. Myers house is located at 323 E. Freemason St.

  2. “Multiple Reflections,” 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Teens with a Purpose and community engagement manager Michael Berlucchi respond to works in “Multiple Modernisms.” Free.

  3. Screening of “Hidden Figures,” 1 p.m. Feb. 24. The Academy Award-nominated movie will be introduced by Christine Darden, who worked as a mathematician at NASA Langley. She is featured prominently in the book by the same title by author Margot Lee Shetterly, a native of Hampton. Darden will sign books following the screening. Free.

Tidewater Community College hosts a half-day conference, “TCC 360: A Dialogue on Black Life and Legacies,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23. Presented by the college’s Intercultural Learning Center, participants will explore the identities of the African-American male in American culture. Keynote speaker is Vernon J. Hurte, associate vice president and dean of students at Iowa State University. He formerly directed the Center for Student Diversity at the College of William and Mary. Other speakers and programming also will be offered throughout the month on campus. For a full schedule, email or call 757-822-7296.

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