African-American History Month
Theme: Black Migrations
African American History Month is celebrated each February since 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson sought to commemorate the contributions of people of African descent in the United States. The national 2019 theme is Black Migrations, focusing on the movement of six million African Americans from the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West that occurred between 1910 and 1970. Programs will closely examine the black experience of migration on a local level and its impact on the city of Norfolk.
2019 marks the 400th year since the arrival of the first twenty-plus Africans who were brought ashore in 1619 at Olde Point Comfort, which is present-day Fort Monroe in Hampton. We're celebrating 400 years of the storied and proud history of African Americans who made Norfolk what it is today.
Join us throughout the month of February for celebratory and educational programs and events, including jazz concerts, theatrical and dance performances, and an African American family day.