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Norfolk Public Library Recognizes African American History Month

Post Date:02/02/2018

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Public Library (NPL) will kick off a month-long recognition of African American history on Saturday, February 3 with a series of events including a special Opening Celebration at 3PM at Slover Library. Nationally acclaimed artist and Buffalo Soldiers Historian, Ken Wright, will serve as the keynote speaker with guest music performers, New Horizons Music Ministries.

NPL is proud to celebrate African American History Month each February and recognizes the importance of paying tribute to the contributions made by African Americans over the long course of our country’s history.

This year’s national theme addresses “African Americans in Times of War” and, with over 30 programs system-wide, NPL will delve into this topic on a national and local level. This year will focus on those who served in America’s conflicts from the pre-Revolutionary era through today’s “War on Terrorism.”

NPL’s opening weekend will also include the 4th Annual African American Trailblazers Honors Program on Sunday, February 4 at 3PM, also at Slover Library. The event honors five prominent local African Americans who have enhanced the lives of people in Hampton Roads through various professions. This year’s honorees are Elbert Watson, Dr. Tommy Bogger, I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Ken Wright and Judge Gwendolyn Jones-Jackson.

“Each year, our observation of African American History Month provides a much needed resource and dialogue of the importance African Americans have made, not only nationally, but here in our own community,” said Sonal Rastogi, Director of Libraries.

More information on African American History Month events at NPL locations is available at All NPL programs are free and open to the public.



Book Talk: Virginia Waterways and Underground Railroad
Saturday, Jan. 27 @ 10 AM
Slover Library, Room 650
Author Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Professor of History and the Director of the

Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for the African Diaspora at Norfolk State University. (Adults)


African American Genealogy
*Registration required
Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 10 AM – 12 PM & 2 PM – 4 PM
Slover Library, Room 640
Learn basic strategies and resources to find your African American rooms.

Presented by the Sargeant Memorial Collection. Space is limited to 20 per class.
*To register, please call 757-431-7429 or email (Adults)


Bright Star Touring Theatre Company Presents:

Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies
Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 11 AM
Lafayette Branch Library


Poetry of Black History
Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 1:30 PM
Van Wyck Branch Library


African American History Month Opening Celebration
Keynote Speaker: Ken Wright

Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 3 PM
Slover Library, Room 650
Enjoy entertainment, refreshments and a musical performance by

veteran group, New Horizons Music Ministries. (Family)


Freedom Songs
Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 3:30 PM
Blyden Branch Library


3rd Annual African American Trailblazers Honors Program
Sunday, Feb. 4 @ 3 PM
Slover Library, Room 650
NPL honors five distinguished African American trailblazers:
Elbert Watson, Dr. Tommy Bogger, I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Ken Wright, Judge Gwendolyn Jones-Jackson. (Family)

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