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Black History Month in Virginia

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February is Black History Month. Learn more about Black history in Virginia, as well as ways to celebrate.

Spotlight - Virginia African American Advisory Board

The Virginia African American Advisory Board today serves Governor Glenn Youngkin to help his administration best serve African American Virginians. It advises him regarding development of beneficial economic, professional, cultural, educational and governmental partnerships and opportunities.

The Virginia African American Advisory Board has 26 members; the Governor appoints and the General Assembly confirms 21 non-legislative citizen members. Five of the Governor's Cabinet Secretaries are ex officio, non-voting members. shines its spotlight this week on the Chair and Vice Chair.  Get to know them and the rest of this active and important group.
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Kristen Gardner Beal and Lance Lemon


Kristen and Lance founded the online wine ship RichWine to bring clean farmed, organic, biodynamic wine. The shop prides itself on fast delivery - if ordered online by 4:00 p.m. T-F, you'll get same day service, in time to have your wine with your dinner. The owners both grew up in the Hanover area, spent time in New York City, and returned to Richmond to launch the current dream.

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Erikka Hamer


A creative and visionary professional, Erikka serves through her government public service position daily. Her own firm, Savoy Events, curates and manages social experiences including cultural pop-up events and curated nightlife experiences. Erikka is highly driven to serve her community and manages events including The Black upStart and Positive Role Models to benefit others striving to succeed. 

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Dr. Cameron Webb


Prior to his most recent appointment to the White House, Dr. Webb ran for office in Virginia's Fifth Congressional District. In his own words: "I am a kid from Spotsylvania County who understands this district and is proud to call it home. I am a doctor who wants to help keep our communities safe and healthy. I am a consensus builder who was able to get things done while working in both the Obama and Trump White Houses. I am running (ran) for Congress because I believe everyone deserves opportunities for health and success, and I will fight to make that a reality."

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To view the archived featured list of notable black men and women of Virginia featured on click the button below.

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Check out the resources below to learn more on Black history in Virginia.

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor distinguished Virginians, past and present, as Strong Men & Women in Virginia History for their important contributions to the state, the nation, or their professions. Also learn more about the 2022 Student Creative Expressions Contest and how to participate.

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Below is a brief featured list of Black history attractions that provide great resources for learning more about Black history in Virgnia.

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Celebrate Black History Month in Virginia by participating in a variety of events.

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History 2022 Student Creative Expressions Contest

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Contest Overview

High school students in Virginia are invited to honor outstanding African Americans by participating in Dominion Energy and the Library of Virginia’s Strong Men & Women in Virginia History student contest. This year’s contest is built around the inquiry process of project-based learning and is designed to hit grade-specific standards through a multidisciplinary approach. While analyzing historical and contemporary injustices, students will use and develop creative and critical thinking skills. Winners will receive an Apple MacBook Air and $1,000 for their schools. Four winning projects will be chosen, one project from each of four regions in the state.

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Constest Deadline: February 28, 2022

Find out more about the contest and participate!

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