February is the observance of Black History Month. Many events and activities take place across the region. This listing of events, in order by locality and date, will be updated throughout the month.
17th Annual Black History Program Celebration Breakfast. Saturday, Feb. 1, 8:30-11 a.m. Hosted by Aberdeen Gardens Historic and Civic Association. Speaker is Belinda Adams. $25. Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel, 700 Settlers Landing Road. 757-722-2345.
Flight to Freedom: The Fields Family and Freedom's Fortress. Monday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Port Hampton Lecture. In 1863, enslaved Martha Ann Fields gathered her young son George and seven of his siblings to journey to Hampton. This program features Ajena Cason Rogers, a descendant of the Fields family, and Drusilla Pair, expert on the family's story, performing a dramatic interpretation of the Fields family journey through theatrical readings, songs, and multimedia clips. Members, free; non-members $3. Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane. 757-727-1610. http://www.hampton.gov/history_museum.
African-American Cinema Museum. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibit of memorabilia, photos and videos highlighting the work of famous African-American artists, performers, authors and more. Free. Hall Gallery, Thomas Nelson Community College, 99 Thomas Nelson Drive. 757-825-2700. tncc.edu.
Black History Month Celebration. Saturday, Feb. 8. Celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in aviation, space and technology. Meet members of the Tidewater Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen. Included in regular exhibit admission. Virginia Air & Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road. 757-727-0900. http://www.vasc.org.
"Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" Film Series Kickoff. Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 12-13. 6-8 p.m. View "The Abolitionists" on Wednesday. Discussion on Thursday led by Michael Cobb, curator of the Hampton History Museum, and William Wiggins, historian and CEO of Cliosult Associates. Free. Hampton Public Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd. 757-727-1312. createdequal.neh.gov or http://www.hamptonpubliclibrary.org
A Salute to the Tuskegee Airmen. Saturday, Feb. 1, noon-3 p.m. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen will be available to discuss artifacts on display from noon to 1 p.m. Also includes screenings of the movie "The Tuskegee Airmen" at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Included in regular museum admission. Virginia War Museum, 9285 Warwick Blvd. 757-247-8523. warmuseum.org.
"Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" Saturday Film Series. Films and discussions led by local scholars and historians. "The Abolitions" on, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m., "Slavery by Another Name" on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., "The Loving Story" on Feb. 15 at 2 p.m., "Freedom Riders" on Feb. 22. Free. Pearl Bailey Library, 2510 Wickham Ave. 757-247-8677. createdequal.neh.gov or nnpls.libguides.com.
"Follow the Drinking Gourd." Saturdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 4 p.m. Celebrate Black History Month with this planetarium program about the Underground Railroad and learn how the stars of the northern sky led slaves to freedom. The story of one family's desperate flight to freedom is based on the children's book written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. Free; museum admission is not required. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., 757-595-1900. thevlmorg.
Walk in Freedom. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 5-6:30 p.m. Interactive introduction to African-American history for ages 7-18. Presented by guest lecturer and poet Hubert "Wolf" Reaves. Free. Pearl Bailey Library, 2510 Wickham Ave. 757-247-8677. nnpls.libguides.com. Jen
National African-American Read-In. Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-noon. Children ages 5-11 can listen to stories written by African-American authors. Free. Pearl Bailey Library, 2510 Wickham Ave. 757-247-8677. nnpls.libguides.com.
African American History Month Film Fest. "Buffalo Soldiers" on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m., "The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels" Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m., "Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II" on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. Included in regular museum admission. Virginia War Museum, 9285 Warwick Blvd. 757-247-8523. warmuseum.org.
African-American history bingo. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5-6:15 p.m. Ages 8-17 can play bingo in which they have to recognize pictures and historical facts about African-Americans. Free. Pearl Bailey Library, 2510 Wickham Ave. 757-247-8677. nnpls.libguides.com.
Preview of "Evolution of a Black Girl." Thursday, Feb. 20, 10-10:30 a.m. Actress and historical interpreter Morgan McCoy will perform excerpts from her one-woman show, "Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House." Free. Main Street Library, 110 Main St. 757-591-4858. nnpls.libguides.com.
"Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle." Movie clips and discussions led by local scholars. "Freedom Riders" on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2:30-4 p.m.; "Slavery by Another Name" on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2:30-4 p.m.; "The Abolitionists" on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Poquoson Public Library, 500 City Hall Ave. 757-868-3060. createdequal.neh.gov or poquoson-va.gov/library.
James City County
African-American Cinema Museum. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibit of memorabilia, photos and videos highlighting the work of famous African-American artists, performers, authors and more. Free. Second Floor Landing, Thomas Nelson Community College Historic Triangle Campus, 4602 Opportunity Way. 757-253-4300. tncc.edu.
In the Voice of Our Ancestors. Sundays in February during 11 a.m. worship service. Programs by guest presenters focusing on ways African Americans have historically communicated with God. "Stories that Make Us Strong: Oral traditions and storytelling" on Feb. 2, "Then Sings My Soul: Songs to encourage the spirit" on Feb. 9, "The Drums Speak: How the drums talk to the Creator" on Feb. 16, "Having a Little Talk with God: The preacher's word" on Feb. 23. Free. First Baptist Church, 4213 George Washington Memorial Highway, Ordinary. 804-642-6351. fbcordinary.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun