The celebration of Black History Month in Chesterfield County is a 28-year tradition of producing education and entertainment events that are all free and open to the public. It is unique and special, with music, lectures, performances, and more. All events take place at Chesterfield County public libraries.
What: Enjoy an evening of singing and a blend of Latin, Caribbean, and rhythm and blues music.
When and Where: Thursday, Feb. 2, 7-8:30 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd.
Sukey: Life with Dolley Madison
What: Learn about life on James Madison’s Montpelier plantation and during his time in the White House. Charmaine Crowell-White portrays Sukey, Dolley Madison’s servant. Registration is required.
When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 4, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Rd.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 7-7:45 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Rd.
Monday, Feb. 27, 7-7:45 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd.
Beginning African-American Genealogy
What: Jody Raab, Richmond Family History Center, introduces techniques and resources to use in African-American genealogical research. Registration is required.
When and Where: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7-8 p.m., Chester Library, 11800 Centre St.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Clover Hill Library 6701 Deer Run Dr.
Meet Dr. King
What: Children learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and may be inspired to use his example in their own schools and communities. This program is for children ages 4-10. Registration is required.
When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30-11:15 a.m., North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Rd.
Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies
What: Learn about spies during the Civil War, Buffalo Soldiers, and Tuskegee Airmen. This program is for adults and children, ages 8 and older. Registration is required.
When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-2:45 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd.
What: A new digital collection at the Library of Virginia helps researchers learn about the lives of African Americans dating back to the 17th century. Registration required.
When and Where: Monday, Feb. 13, 7-8 p.m., Chester Library, 11800 Centre St.
Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles
What: Dr. Bert Ashe discusses his personal journey and the history of dreadlocks and black identity. Book sale/signing afterwards. Registration is required.
When and Where: Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-8 p.m., LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Rd.
To register for an event, visit http://library.chesterfield.gov/events/register/.