• 20th Annual Black History Lecture
    • Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, 7-8 p.m.
    • Free and open to the public, this virtual event features Georgetown University history and African American studies professor Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D. Chatelain will discuss her 2020 book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, which explores the rapid expansion of fast-food restaurants in Black neighborhoods following the civil rights movement.
    • Watch a recording of the event
  • Lift Every Voice: Health Care, Science and Research
    • Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, noon - 1 p.m.
    • VCU Alumni presents Lift Every Voice, a four-week panel series featuring Black alumni across multiple industries. The kickoff event features four VCU alumni in the fields of health care, science and research, who will share their successes and the roles their identities have played in navigating their careers.
    • Learn more here
  • VMFA African American Read-In
    • Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 6 p.m.
      Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, 6 p.m.
    • Notable African American artists and authors from Richmond area lend their voices in prose and poetry readings in a powerful display of storytelling.
    • Register Online
  • From Shockoe to Evergreen: Richmond’s African American Cemeteries  
    • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, 9 a.m.
    • Hosted by Ryan Smith, Ph.D. of the Department of History in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, this virtual event will explore the historic Black cemeteries in Richmond.
    • Watch the webinar
  • Unlocking Health Equity: Racial and Socio-Economic Disparities and COVID-19
    • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, noon - 12:45 p.m.
    • Join the Office of Student Experience as guest speaker Sheryl Garland, VCUH Chief of Health Impact, explores the racial disparities of COVID-19 and discusses the economic, social and health inequities that have led to or perpetuate the disparity.
    • Register here
  • Lunch and Learn: The “Angry Black Woman”
    • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
    • Part of the series Misperceptions of Black Women, this discussion seeks to understand the history, myths and consequences of being the “Angry Black Woman,” as well as the lived experiences of those impacted by the misperception.
    • Discover more here
  • Reversing Barriers: Working Toward Sustainable Institutional Transformation  
    • Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, 12 p.m.
    • Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president for strategic affairs and vice provost for inclusion and diversity at Virginia Tech, will deliver a presentation on institutional transformation related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • Attend via Zoom
  • Vogue: A History
    • Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, 4 p.m.
    • Strike a pose! This virtual event includes an introduction to the history and culture of voguing, the modern dance style created by Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ youth in the 1980s, followed by a dance lesson.
    • Sign up here
  • Virtual Jazz Around the Museum
    • Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, 7 - 8 p.m.
    • In conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society, Dominion Energy Jazz Café at the VMFA offers an extra special night of music and dancing.
    • YouTube link
  • Black Radical Tradition
    • Friday, Feb. 12, 2021
    • Two current local activists and a Civil Rights activist will discuss the past, present and future of Black activism.
    • Register here
  • Intro to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia  
    • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, 9 a.m.
    • Visitor services manager Mary Lauderdale will lead a discussion about the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, which is located in downtown Richmond.
    • Join the discussion
  • Lunch and Learn: The Mystery of the “Strong” Black Woman  
    • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021
    • Part of the series Misperceptions of Black Women, this discussion will explore the impact of the social messages, ideals and perceptions of Black women as being “strong.”
    • Register here
  • Unlocking Health Equity: Clinical Work with Patients of Color Amidst National Race-Related Events
    • Tuesday Feb. 16, 2021, noon - 12:45 p.m.
    • Hosted by the Office of Student Experience, this virtual event features Paul Perrin, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. Perrin will discuss how national events influence patients of color and their perceptions of clinical care.
    • Register Online
  • VCU Center on Health Disparities: Our Science Stories
    • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • VCU’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Scholars Program hosts a monthly series featuring diverse alumni and their experiences as underrepresented minorities in the biomedical sciences. This month we’ll hear from alumna and neuroscientist Salma Omer, Ph.D.
    • Learn more
  • Mother Knows Best
    • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, 7 p.m.
    • This event features the voices of house mothers, fathers and elders within the queer and transgender communities. It will highlight journeys of empowerment, mentorship, service and the shaping of Black queer and trans youth.
    • Sign up here
  • Building Black Girl Sanctuaries: The Creative and Aesthetic Practices of Black Girlhood
    • Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, 12 p.m.
    • This event will feature discussion of how Black girls make use of art and creative expression in ways that ultimately give the world new possibilities on how to live boundless and free.
    • Sign up here
  • Becoming an Antiracist Leader
    • Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, 12 - 1 p.m.
    • Join School of Education Dean Andrew Daire, Ph.D., as he hosts a seminar on becoming an antiracist leader.
    • Attend the webinar
  • Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York
    • Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, 12 p.m.
    • Carl Suddler, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history at Emory University will join VCU Department of History’s Michael Dickinson, Ph.D., to discuss Dr. Suddler’s research, which examines the intersections of youth, race and crime in the U.S.
    • Attend virtually
  • Dance After Work: House and Hip-Hop
    • Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, 7 - 8 p.m.
    • Local dancers join performing arts coordinator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Robert Phanord for a discussion about the rise and importance of freestyle dancing before performing a freestyle dance battle.
    • YouTube link
  • Unlocking Health Equity: Are Cultural Images Fueling Our Bias
    • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, noon – 12:45 p.m.
    • Hosted by the Office of Student Experience, this virtual event centers around the ways people use images and how images use people and change their perception. Grace Gipson, Ph.D., an assistant professor in VCU’s Department of African American Studies, will lead the discussion.
    • Sign up now
  • Lunch and Learn: Misperceptions of Black Women in Politics
    • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, 12 - 1 p.m.
    • During this installment of the Misperceptions of Black Women series, Mary Ann Whipple-Lue, the first Black mayor of Gordon, GA, will share her experience working in politics as a Black woman in Georgia’s recent, tumultuous climate. The discussion will also examine the role of Black women in current U.S. politics.
    • Learn more here
  • Black Jews in North America
    • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, 7 - 9 p.m.
    • Moderated by David Weinfield, Ph.D., chair of the VCU Center of Judaic Studies, this panel features three speakers: Rebecca Pierce, Tema Smith and Sherima Gibson.
    • Sign up via Zoom
  • Black Girl Boss: Professionalism According to the Black Woman
    • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
    • This event will feature a panel that showcases the diverse spectrum of Black professional women.
    • Attend virtually
  • Do They Actually Listen? Health Care Advocacy in the Black Community
    • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, 7 - 8 p.m.
    • This panel aims to empower students and attendees to become better advocates for and increase the agency of Black individuals in receiving health care services.
    • Register to watch
  • VCU Libraries Community Zooms: The Organ Thieves
    • Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Local journalist and author Chip Jones will discuss his new book, “The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South,” and his extensive examination of the life and death of Bruce Tucker, the black man whose heart was used in Virginia’s first heart transplant operation without his consent.
    • Learn more here
  • Race, Place and Chronic Disease: Addressing the Roots of Health Inequities
    • Thursday Feb. 25, 2021, 2 p.m.
    • VCU College of Humanities and Sciences presents a virtual event on health inequities featuring Brian Smedley, Ph.D., acting chief diversity officer at the American Psychological Association. The event will also honor Audrey Smith, Ph.D., Brian Smedley's mother, former VCU faculty member and pioneering African American anthropologist who died last fall.
    • Register here
  • Post-Black Lives Matter: New Beginnings
    • Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, 6 - 7 p.m.
    • Robertson School professors Aloni Hill and Vivian Medina-Messner will moderate a panel discussion with local journalists Anthony Antoine, Michael Paul Williams and Regina Boone.
    • Watch on Facebook
  • Systemic Racism, Medical Mistrust and the COVID-19 Vaccine
    • Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, 12 - 1 p.m.
    • Featuring a panel of speakers from VCU Health, this discussion will center on social distrust in medicine as it pertains to the COVID-19 vaccination and how to build trust within our communities.
    • Sign up here
  • Through the Eyes of the Poet
    • Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, 7 - 8 p.m.
    • This informal meetup will foster friendly discussion of the works and lives of our favorite Black poets. Bring your favorite poem to share with the group; no deep knowledge of poetry required.
    • Join the discussion