African American Culture & History
Upcoming African American History Month Events in Roanoke:
- Join us at the Gainsboro Branch Library for "Next of Kin", a photography exhibit showcasing interconnected families of color from SW Virginia from 1850-1975. The exhibit runs from February 1-28, with a lecture on February 22 at 3:00pm!
- "Generations At Work: A Diversity & Inclusion Luncheon": February 6th Noon-2pm
This event is free and open to the public at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (2 Riverside Circle).
Register here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b1JHq5iFfsdD7P7
- "How Big Is Your Love" February 8th, 3:30pm-4:30pm Roanoke Main Library(Ground Floor) 706 South Jefferson St.
Book Signing, Book Sales, Light Refreshments, and Children’s Valentines Activities!
Wear red to show your LOVE and receive a special surprise!
- Messenger Legacy: Art Blakey Centennial: February 8th Jefferson Center
General Admission (www.jeffcenter.org)
7PM & 9PM: $30 (plus fee)
- Join us February 10th from 6pm-7:30pm at the Roanoke Main Library (706 S. Jefferson St.) for The Hip Hop Direction: A Celebration. This Black History Month celebration will involve delicious British, Canadian & American food, live music, games, and conversation as we celebrate the hip hop culture and its influence in America, Canada, and the UK!
- Join the Roanoke Public Libraries and Book City Roanoke for a 6-week discussion series inspired by August’s Indecent Histories event. Each week, we’ll hear from local experts, then break into small groups to discuss a portion of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. No registration required--attend 1 session or all 6.
This fifth session will feature keynote remarks by Vice-Mayor Joe Cobb, followed by small-group discussion about the Angela Davis portion of the book (chapters 30-37) and the epilogue. The discussions will take place at the Melrose Library.
January 7, 2020: Prologue & Part 1 (Chapters 1-6)
January 14: Part 2 (Chapters 7-12)
January 21: Part 3 (Chapters 13-20)
January 28: Part 4 (Chapters 21-29)
February 4: Part 5 (Chapters 30-37) & Epilogue
February 18: Concluding discussion of the whole book
- The African American History Education Commission is seeking community input during a series of public listening sessions as it examines how to best strengthen the Virginia history standards, as well as African American history education in classrooms across the commonwealth.
The dates and locations of the February public listening sessions are:
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - Roanoke
Harrison Museum of African American Culture
1 Market Square SE #2,
Roanoke, VA 24011
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Will include a panel of Educators
- Love is Love: Thursday, February 13th 7pm 601 11th St., NW
In honor of Black History Month, the Historic Grandin Theater is hosting an African American Film Festival. Movies will be shown every Tuesday. Admission is free, but this is a first come, first served screening.
- Higher Learning: Tuesday, February 4th 7:15pm
- Love & Basketball: Tuesday, February 11th 7:15pm
- Cabin in the Sky: Tuesday, February 18th 7:15pm
- House Party: Tuesday, February 25th 7:15pm
For all of the details visit: https://grandintheatre.com/calendar/african-american-film-festival
- Excavating Beyond the Stained Glass: Barrier to Uncover its Treasured Past, Sat., February 15th 2pm
Hosted by: Gainsboro Branch Library
Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 301 Patton Avenue NW Roanoke, Virginia 24016
Join Historian Michael E. Blankenship for a presentation for this celebrated African American Church.
- The Harrison Museum of African American Culture & Roanoke Valley Chapter of Jack & Jill of America Inc. will present the 2020 HBCU College Fair on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10am-2pm at William Fleming High School located 3649 Ferncliff Ave., NW Roanoke, VA 24017. For more info: 540-857-4395
- C.R.O.W.N. Conference - February 15th, 10am-2pm GCC Roanoke (756 Peters Creek Rd.)
- MORNING STAR BAPTIST CHURCH Presents their annual BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM,
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. The theme speaks, therefore, to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. That being said, our Theme for this Black History Month Program is: "African Americans and the Vote”
- Black History Tour of Roanoke: Tuesday, February 18th 9:30am
Tour will depart from the Gainsboro Library. Please arrive at the library no later than 9:30 am. Parking is available along the street as well as the lower lot of Roanoke Catholic School.
Price: $25/per person
- Join Total Action For Progress for a FREE community event!
TAP’s annual Black History Month celebration will be held on February 18, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. This event is produced by our youth education students, and the soul food luncheon will be provided again by Morning Star Baptist Church.
This year, we’ll continue our journey through the history of Roanoke’s black communities by exploring the contributions made to the railroads by:
Mr. Clinton D. Scott
Mrs. Latifah Hussain
Mr. Lee P. Graves
The Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern African American Heritage Group
Be sure to register at the ticketing link by February 11 so we can ensure everyone has enough to eat: tapintohope.org/event/2020bhm.
You may also call 540.767.6227 to register.
- Power to Heal: Medicare & the Civil Rights: Tuesday, February 18th, 11:30am-1:30pm
“Power to heal” is an hour long documentary about a dramatic chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a momentous, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country practically overnight" Little more about it: https://www.aaihs.org/how-black-activists-sought-healthcare-reform-a-new-documentary/
Following the screening we will have a discussion facilitated by Dr. Monica Motley. Monica is Sr. Research Associate and Director of Dr. Kathy Hosig’s community-based research project the focuses on Black churches and health/wellness. This event will take place at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine located at 2 Riverside Circle.
- Join Roanoke Public Libraries & the Office of Neighborhood Services invites you to a free screening and discussion of Indie Lens Pop-Up "Always in Season." In Always in Season, descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching are working together to heal a violent history. Blending observational footage with first-person testimonies and expert input, Always in Season examines the lingering impact of lynching and the link between this historic form of racial terrorism and the racial violence that exists today. The event will take place on Monday, February 24th at 6pm at the Melrose Public Library located at 2502 Melrose Ave., Suite. D.
- 2020 UPL Community Achievement Awards: February 27th, 7pm Fitzpatrick Hall (541 Luck Ave., SW)
- "Just Mercy": Free Friday Movie at Virginia Western Community College! February 28th, 2pm & 6pm
TWO SHOWTIMES: 2 p.m. AND 6 p.m
Whitman Theater (Business Science Building)
Everyone welcome, no tickets needed! Free!
- Black Lives Matter Conference - February 28th
Funded by The Earl D. and Carrie Leigh Doran Fund of Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia, "Black Love Matters: Domestic Violence and Cultural Considerations within the African-American Community” will give participants the opportunity to explore the issues faced by African-American survivors through a cultural lens. Keynote speaker, Ayana Wallace, Training Specialist for Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community, located in Washington, D.C., will present important information about historical trauma. Local speakers will address working with men, the significance of the church’s role in the African-American community and the importance of culturally specific therapy. The film My Masculinity Helps will be screened during lunch and explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence.
The conference is geared toward allied professionals and anyone seeking to enhance their understanding of the intersectionality of race and gender as it relates to interpersonal violence.
This event is free and lunch is provided (please call 540-345-7273 if you have specific dietary restrictions). Space is limited. Registration is required by Friday, Feb. 21st.
- The Temptations & Four Tops
February 28th, 7:30pm Berglund Center (710 Williamson Rd.)