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5th Annual Black History Trail Blazers Sidewalk Parade

Greater Mt. Zion COGIC 3100 Deep Creek Blvd, Portsmouth, VA

This year’s Black History Sidewalk Parade is taking place in historic Truxton, starting and ending at the Greater Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ (COGIC).  9:30 a.m. – Bus leaves from the Neighborhood Facility Rec Center, 900 Elm Ave., Portsmouth, providing transportation to the event 10 a.m. – Parade begins, starting from the Greater […]

Black History Now – Art That Changes the World with Nikkolas Smith

Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Join us for an inspiring event at the Children’s Museum of Virginia with renowned Artivist (Artist & Activist) Nikkolas Smith! Nikkolas will share his incredible journey of using art to make a difference in the world.Nikkolas is a dynamic Concept Artist, Children’s Books Author, Film Illustrator (Judas and the Black Messiah, Space Jam II, Black Panther […]

Black History Month: Frederick Douglass on Slavery and Emancipation

Portsmouth Public Library - Cradock Branch 28 Prospect Parkway, Portsmouth, VA

Nathan Richardson delivers a remarkable portrayal of Frederick Douglass, the famous former slave turned abolitionist, writer, orator and statesman. Mr. Douglass will recite an excerpt from his most famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” then spend 15 minutes answering questions. Don’t miss this inspiring Black History Month Event. Free and […]

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Black History Month Story Time

Portsmouth Public Library Churchland Branch 4934 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Let your child's imagination soar with the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth and newscasters from WVEC 13News Now as we celebrate Black History Month by reading to your children. Open to children K-3rd Grade. Every child will receive a free book!

Black History Expo at the Portsmouth Main Library

Portsmouth Public Library - Main Branch 601 Court Street, Portsmouth, VA

Come hear the stories of Portsmouth’s earliest African Americans in music and narrative.  2pm | Porte City Magic Orchestra and Choir 3:15pm | Lift Every Voice: Narratives and music highlighting fascinating stories of early African American citizens of Portsmouth. Includes performances by Julie Dunn and Aisha McCollum. Don’t miss this entertaining and inspiring Black History […]

Black History Month Disco

The Neighborhood Facility Rec Center 900 Elm Ave, Portsmouth, VA

Come celebrate Black History Month at the Neighborhood Facility Rec Center. Enjoy dancing, trivia and other activities for all ages. Have fun and learn about prominent African Americans and significant moments in Black history. Light snacks and giveaways will be provided. Call the Neighborhood Facility at (757) 524-9960 for more information.

Black History Month Kids: Dance, Baile, Ngoma

Portsmouth Public Library - Main Branch 601 Court Street, Portsmouth, VA

Kids of all ages are invited to dance across the continents with Rita Cohen. Explore and join in dances from Africa, South America, Europe and North America. As the founder and artistic director of the Tidewater African Cultural Alliance (TACA), Rita works to bring African culture to Hampton Roads. Don’t miss this fun and educational […]

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Black History Month-Heroes and History Walk

Emanuel A.M.E. Church 637 North Street, Portsmouth, VA

Take this 90-Minute, guided walking tour of historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church – founded in 1772 and renowned as an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Meet the heroes and learn about the fascinating history that makes this a perfect walk to take during Black History Month.

Black History Month Story Time

Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum 904 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA

Let your child's imagination soar with the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth and newscasters from WVEC 13News Now as we celebrate Black History Month by reading to your children. Open to children K-3rd Grade. Every child will receive a free book!

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Black History Month – Front Porch Talk

Emanuel A.M.E. Church 637 North Street, Portsmouth, VA

Join us for our Front Porch Talk series, a dramatic journey through African American History in Portsmouth. Each Saturday during Black History Month, enjoy a performance you’ll never forget. February 3 BLACK PATRIOT A Visit With James Fayette February 10 SOUNDS LIKE FREEDOM Stories of Emancipation Before the Proclamation February 17 CHANGE GON' COME Songs […]

Black History and Gullah Heritage Trip

Portsmouth, VA

Visit the New African American Museum in South Carolina! Cruise around Middleton Place Gardens and so much more. Space is limited and insurance is available upon request. Call The Senior Station at (757) 391-3241 for registration or more information.

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Black History Now – Art Is Revolutionary

Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum 904 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA

In 2024 the arts take center stage, as Black History Now! showcases some of the area’s most successful Black artists, filmmakers, musicians, and changemakers. Meet the artists who made history in Portsmouth through this historic collection of memories and artifacts, highlighting the impact of Hampton Roads' and Portsmouth’s artists. Visit our Art is Revolutionary exhibit, […]