Special events celebrate Black history

Published 5:31 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Black History Month is one of the most widely celebrated special months that is recognized in the United States, and with good reason. It is a good opportunity to learn, remember and reflect the vital contributions that have been made by Black people to all aspects of American life — knowledge that too often has been obfuscated, whitewashed, or simply not taught at all.

The Suffolk Public Library always has a robust slate of excellent Black History Month events, and we encourage everyone to take part in one or more this month. We guarantee you will learn, grow, and maybe even have some fun and meet some of your neighbors in the process.

Black and Super will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 at Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W. Washington St. From story time and a documentary screening to local Black artists and vendors, there is sure to be something for everyone. In addition, this year will feature three panels discussing topics such as Afrofuturism with Dr. Grace Gipson, Black Media and Representation with Janine Coveny, Gerron Delvalle and Lilly Kunda, along with comics and pop culture featuring the Do You Speak Geek podcast.

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A virtual Ask an Athlete event will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 16, where participants, especially teens, can speak to local athletes and ask questions.

For adults, authors V.M. Roberts and Jeanice Thomas will discuss the area’s rich culture and history at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Morgan Memorial Library Meeting Room.

A current events talk will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 inside the North Suffolk Library Adult Room. Special guest speakers will include as Delegate Clinton Jenkins; Domenick Epps, co-founder and co-owner of Wall Street Cafe; Tony Jones representing Virginia Organizing; and local author, poet and teacher Sylvia Bond. North Suffolk Library is located at 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road.

Also on Feb. 28 at the North Suffolk Library, “Our Story: A Black History Month Celebration” will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be a day full of rich culture expressed through various mediums, such as oral storytelling, drumming, music, dancing and more.

In addition to the library events, Suffolk Parks & Recreation is celebrating Black History Month with several events.

The We’re Rollin’ Bike Ride is set for noon to 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 at 3901 Sleepy Hole Road. The Black Girls Do Bike organization will be present to answer questions on bike care and maintenance and provide information on their organization and group rides. A leisurely two- to five-mile group ride will also take place, with a limited number of beach cruisers available for use at no cost. Call 757-514-4518 to reserve.

From 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 19, the Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around Hike is set at Lone Star Lakes Park, 401 Kings Highway. This is a beginner-level, two-mile hike.

On Feb. 26, the Shoot Your Shot Archery for the Culture event will take place at Lone Star Lakes. There are two sessions, from noon to 12:45 p.m. and 1 to 1:45 p.m.

All of these events are free and open to the public. The Parks & Recreation events require advance registration, which can be done at https://registerpkr.suffolk-va.net or by calling 757-514-4518.