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It's Black History Month!  There is no shortage of special programs this month and we present only a small sampling to get you started.

As we observe and honor the history, struggles, and triumphs of Black people in America and around the world, may we use this month to not just recognize and honor the past, but also observe our present and look to the future.

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February 2021


How Long Til Black Futures Month?

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 7:00 pm

Join Union Presbyterian Seminary for an exciting Just Talk/Talk Just forum to discuss Afrofuturism, digital technocultures, and the role of fantasy, imagination, and cultural aesthetics toward enlivening a just world.  Black History Month affirms that the history of Black people did not begin in 1619 or in foothold of oppression. Black History Month seeks to re-member Black inventions, artistry, resistance, spirituality, and heritage. Sci-fi and Fantasy writer N.K. Jemisin posed the question in a provocative essay “How long till Black Future Month?” to engage Black representation in the stories developed, told, and shared for today’s living and future generations.
Streaming live on YouTube and Facebook.

"The Other Side of the Coin: Race, Generations & Reconciliation" Documentary screening and discussion

Thursday, February 11, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Richmond Public Library for a screening of Frederick Murphy’s “The Other Side of the Coin: Race, Generations & Renconciliation.” This documentary collects experiences and thoughts that address the complexity of race in America, ultimately asking the question: How do we reconcile for the sake of future generations and humanity? After the screening, Frederick Murphy will take questions from the audience alongside Bill Sizemore, who is featured in the documentary and is the author of Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery.  Registration is free but required.

Taking White Supremacy to Court: The Charlottesville Case

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm

First in a new Jewish Community Relations Committee speaker series on the rise of global anti-Semitism and racism. In partnership with Integrity First for America - the non-partisan, non-profit organization spearheading the Charlottesville legal case. Hear from Amy Spitalnick, IFA Executive Director along with a panel of Richmond community leaders as th\ey discuss the impact of Charlottesville on our community - and the road from the tragic march to the January 6th riots on the capitol. The link to the program will be sent to all registrants closer to the event.

Blood at the Root

Thursday - Saturday, February 11-13 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 14 at 2:00 pm 

Blood at the Root, a bold drama based on the events surrounding the Jena Six case that examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes.  A production of Modlin Digital Stage, University of Richmond. Tickets are free.


Black Space Matters | VCU Institute of Contemporary Art

In their new five-episode series, urban farmer and community activist Duron Chavis talks with stakeholders in the Richmond area that engage in food justice, environmental racism, Black space, and various modes of creativity, care, and healing.

Why We Need a White History Month | The Amber Ruffin Show

Show Synopsis: Amber showcases her signature smart-and-silly take on the news of the week, responding to it all with a charming, late-night mix of seriousness, nonsense, and evening gowns.
"It’s Black History Month! Yay! Every morning this month, Amber wakes up and looks to see what’s waiting for her under the Tubman Tree. Will it be a white person telling her what Martin Luther King would have wanted? Or, better yet—someone saying, 'Why do we need a Black History Month? How would you like it if we had a White History Month?' You might be thinking, 'every month is White History Month.' But hear Amber out—maybe we *do* need a White History Month, because the American history that’s taught in schools is so whitewashed, we don’t learn the real story." Watch now.

Living the Pledge Workshop Update

Our first Pledge workshop of the new year is being held Tuesday evenings via Zoom in February and March.  We are excited to report once again that demand met capacity as we have 35 workshop participants, 10 small group facilitators, and 2 large group leaders taking part.  Watch this space to learn when the next workshop will be offered.  We hope to offer a small group facilitator training in the near future as well.

28 Days of Black History: A Virtual Exhibition

In honor of Black History Month, the Anti-Racism Daily is sponsoring 28 Days of Black History, a virtual exhibition of 28 works that celebrate Black legacy in the U.S.  Delivered each evening in February via email, the exhibition includes:

  • AN INTRODUCTION to a moment in Black history exemplified by the art, literature, or artifact featured for the day
  • DISCUSSION QUESTIONS to guide conversations with your family, friends, classroom, or colleagues
  • ACTION ITEMS to dismantle anti-Blackness in your community
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