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Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

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

Drop by Portsmouth's Main Library to make a peace dove in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  All ages are welcome.  Free.

Black History Trivia at the Portsmouth Library

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

Participate in our Black History Trivia Contest. Hint: answers are on the bulletin board. Kid-friendly.

Caribbean Dreaming

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

Portsmouth Public Library and Black History Now presents Caribbean Dreaming, an opportunity to explore Caribbean Steel Drums through a historical and musical demonstration.  Learn how drums were outlawed on many Caribbean islands and how they came to be made from steel.  A unique sound and art form was created by politics.  Learn how the people […]

African American History Expo

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

The Portsmouth Public Library, Main Branch and Black History Now present an African American History Expo.  Celebrate African American history and music featuring handcrafted items, music from Porte Towne Magic, and speaker Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  Mr. Gary will discuss the excavations at the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg.  The church […]

Dylan Pritchett: Essential African Threads

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

From “Anansi the Spider” to “Brer Rabbit,” traditional slave tales have hidden meanings that serve to educate and celebrate African American history. Storyteller Dylan Pritchett brings the early days of slavery to life through these tales that are wound tightly with themes of family strength and morals as well as lessons that teach about character […]

Teen & Adult Mini-Quilt Wall Hanging Workshop

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

Learn about the quilt making tradition in African American culture and the artistry of the quilts of Gee’s Bend. Participants will then make a Gee’s Bend inspired quilt wall hanging using hand-sewing techniques. Open to ages 12 and up. Registration is required. Call 757-393-8501 or email whitela@portsmouthva.gov for registration or more information.

Bobby Blackhat Band

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

Bobby BlackHat brings together the finest blues musicians to perform original, contemporary, and classic blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin’, fingers poppin’, and hips shakin’ all night long.