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Schedule of Events

All Week | 100 Black Men Read & Lit Limo

  • RPS Lit Limo Book Distribution | Every child who visits the RPS Lit Limo will receive a book of their own, be able to participate in a read aloud, and sign up for a Richmond Public Library card. View the Lit Limo map of scheduled stops on their website. You can also download their detailed Morning Schedule (7:00am-8:30am) in English and Spanish and Afternoon Schedule (2:30pm-4:30pm) in English and Spanish. The Lit Limo runs Monday-Friday.
  • 100 Black Men Read | Black men from throughout the region will read a story either live to a virtual classroom or as a pre-recorded offering. If you are interested in being a reader, please fill out the Reader Sign-Up Form. Readers can choose to read live virtually to a classroom or to pre-record their reading. If you are a teacher interested in having a reader (virtually) visit your classroom to read a book during the week of February 22, 2021- February 26, 2021, please use Teacher Sign-Up Form.

Monday 2/22 | Mindful Monday

  • 9:00 a.m. Meditation Practices | Led by Jonathan Miles, a yogi, martial artist, body worker, retired breakdancer, community activist, and the son of a Baptist minister. J Miles has been learning and studying eastern arts and philosophy for nearly two decades. Watch this event live on SCAN’s Facebook page.
  • 11:00 a.m. Elder Chats | Elder Chats is a video tribute that recognizes and honors the legacy of resilience among Black men. This event is intended to empower communities inter-generationally by discussing the resilience of Black men throughout generations. The goal is to acknowledge the work and resilience of previous generations and empower the growth of younger generations. Watch this event live on SCAN’s Facebook page.
  • 7:00 p.m. Virtual Author Visit: Jason Reynolds | Stamped co-author Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author of poetry and fiction for young adults. In addition to his Newbery, Printz, and Edgar Awards, he was named as the Library of Congress’ national ambassador for young people’s literature in January 2020. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi thought him the perfect person to “remix” his book, Stamped From the Beginning, to reach a wider audience. The book draws a line from the first European slave traders to today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Tune into this program on William & Mary’s YouTube channel.

Tuesday 2/23 | Straighten Your Crown: Black Men and Youth and Mental Health 

  • 12:00 p.m. Armstrong High School Choral Ensemble – On Our Way | Learn about the power and legacy of Black history through song. Performed by the Armstrong High School Choral Ensemble and written and directed by Mr. Rufus Johnson.
  • 6:00 p.m. Black Men and Mental Health Virtual Panel Discussion |In the age of Covid-19, how are Black men faring? What’s the state of Black men’s health and wellness? COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives and has disproportionately affected the lives of Black people. COVID-19 and its intersection with racial and historical trauma is a threat to mental health. Even without any of the events of this year, Black mental health has already been suffering and Black people are statistically less likely to seek help. But healing is possible, and it’s important to treat yourself with love and compassion — even as you’re fighting for justice. Join us for a panel discussion focused on transforming trauma into self-healing and resilience led by local therapists and mental health activists. Panelists include Dr. Nathaniel West, Asst. Professor of Christian Education at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology – Virginia Union University; Olufemi Shepsu, School Social Worker at Richmond Public Schools; Eric Thornton, Child and Family Advocate at Greater Richmond SCAN; and Philip Moore, Administrative Trainer at Mending Fences, LLC. The panel will be moderated by Bishop Ernest Moore, Jr., Pastor of Destiny Community Church. Watch this event live on SCAN’s Facebook page.

Wednesday 2/24 | #BlackBoyJoy

  • 10:00 a.m. Read Aloud: Black boy, fly! | Dr. Richard Bennett, a pediatrician with Reach Out and Read, will read the story Black boy, fly!, written by Amanda Lynch and illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire. Watch the video on SCAN’s YouTube channel.
  • 6:00 p.m. The Future of Education and Out-of-School Time Post-COVID | Join Local Educators and Out of School Time providers for a conversation about the future of education and out of school time post-COVID. Panelists include Sean Miller, COO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond; James Gordon, Principal of Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School; Valentine Nazr Muhammad, Family Liaison with George Wythe High School; and Eric Thornton, Child and Family Advocate with Greater Richmond SCAN. The panel will be moderated by Rodney Robinson, National Teacher of the Year (2019). Watch live on SCAN’s Facebook page.
  • 7:00 p.m. Self Care: Healing Racist Wounds | Beyond the obvious effects of racism is an underlying reality — people affected by the stress of racism show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Join Amanda Lynch, a Trauma Informed Specialist to learn ways to cope, and resources to help with self-healing. Join the Zoom meeting HERE.

Thursday 2/25 | RISE Up! (Resilience, Intellect, Stewardship, and Entrepreneurship)

  • 10:00 a.m. “What’s Going On” with Dr. Shedrick McCall | The Southside Trauma-Informed Community Network (STICN) is hosting Virginia State University professor Dr. Shedrick McCall on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. for a community conversation focusing on the trauma and resilience of Black men and youth. Register for this event HERE.
  • 6:00 p.m. I’m Not a Businessman, I’m a Business, Man: Lessons in Entrepreneurship for Teens | Teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond will have the opportunity to learn how to develop their passion, identify their strengths, and to explore how they can build their futures through entrepreneurship. Featuring speaker Peejay Camacho.
  • 7:00 p.m. Community Resources for Racial Reconciliation | Organizations around the region are working towards racial justice, reconciliation, and progress towards an anti-racist society. Join the Williamsburg Regional Library to hear about their approaches and how to get involved. Join the Zoom HERE.
  • HEARD Documentary: Available to View at Your Convenience | HEARD captures the inspiring stories of five people who grew up in Richmond public housing surviving and thriving in spite of, and often because of, the challenges they’ve had to overcome. Now they’re giving back to their home communities, trying to make a better life for those who come behind. Stream for free on the VPM website.

Friday 2/26

  • 12:00 p.m. Still We Rise: Creating Black History Message Chain | Do you have a piece you’d like to perform? APPLY HERE by February 22 at 5pm. Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia will launch a message chain centered around the theme, “Still We Rise,” to shape the Black culture’s narrative of turning obstacles into opportunities and tribulations into triumphs. Maya Angelou’s performance of the piece will jumpstart the poetry chain. Following, other Black poets, motivational speakers, and orators will perform their pieces centered the theme. Allies are invited to attend and respond to the different pieces, “hype up the performers,” when they speak, “respond,” “zoom clap,” and more. The Still I Rise poem cuts across racial and ethnic boundaries, the goal is to create an inclusive space and for the room to be reflective of the support Black individuals have within the community. 

Saturday 2/27

  • VMFA Virtual African-American Read-In for Families 2021: Available to View at Your Convenience | This program celebrates children’s literature and art created by African and African American artists. Experience works from the permanent collection by watching engaging videos that will provide looking prompts and a short story read by a Community Reader. 

Sunday 2/28 | The Souls of Black Folk 

  • 11:00 a.m. Black History Month Music Medley | Performed by Morris Clark, President of the VSU Concert Choir, which is under the direction of Professor Johnnella Edmonds.
  • 12:00 p.m. The Power of Praise | Since the times of slavery, Black Americans have had praise on their tongues, worship in their hearts, and a powerful relationship with God. Many Black Americans have developed a deeply personal definition of God and their spiritual identity. Enduring extreme persecution and exploitation, Black Americans took the template of Christianity and customized it to reflect their own interpretation of its teachings. As a result, spirituality became the soul of their artistry, the language of their existence, and the backbone of their communities. It instilled a sense of power and purpose within a race of people who were deemed powerless. We offer to you the Power of Praise and the role that spirituality has played in the lives of Black Americans. Led by Pastor Jamar Sanders from Calvary Temple Church in Petersburg, Virginia. Watch this event live on SCAN’s Facebook page.



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