February is Black History Month. Learn more about Black history in Virginia, as well as ways to celebrate.
“Virginia is the home to pioneers, barrier-breakers, and leaders such as Maggie Walker, Governor Doug Wilder, and our new Lt. Governor Winsome Earle Sears. They are just some of the distinguished Black American leaders of the Commonwealth that have enriched, cultivated, and strengthened the spirit of Virginia. The First Lady and I encourage all Virginians to celebrate our rich diverse history that is inspiring future generations that know Virginia is big enough for the hopes and dreams of all Virginians,”
- Governor Glenn Youngkin
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.
Check out the resources below to learn more on Black history in Virginia.
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.
The Library of Virginia's African American Narrative project aims to provide greater accessibility to pre-1865 African American history and genealogy found in the rich primary sources in its holdings.
Below is a brief featured list of Black history attractions that provide great resources for learning more about Black history in Virgnia.
Celebrate Black History Month in Virginia by participating in a variety of events.
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.