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February is Black History Month, and Black HERStory Week is a celebration of the stories, resilience, and accomplishments of Black women and youth throughout the state.
Sponsored by Greater Richmond SCAN and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, the week will feature events exploring mental health, healing racial trauma, self and community care, and more. Download a printable flyer and view our Social Media Kit for graphics you can use to share and connect during the week!
Black baby doll drive | Help Greater Richmond SCAN collect 50 Black baby dolls to be donated to area children and SCAN, Circle Preschool, and Sprout School families. Our goal is to collect 50 dolls to be given to local schools and agencies. (Please no Barbies, Bratz dolls, or dolls with tattoos or piercings). View options you can order that will be sent to SCAN’s offices and then delivered throughout the community.
9:00 a.m. Meditation Practices | Led by Korantema Pierce Williams. View this event on SCAN’s YouTube channel.
12:00 p.m. Mental Health of Black Moms | In the age of Covid-19, how are Black mothers and caregivers faring? What’s their state of 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 and caring for others. Join us for a panel discussion focused on Black motherhood, self-healing and resilience. Moderator: Amanda Lynch (GRSCAN), Panelists: Kanika McBride (GRSCAN), Sonya Hart (From Prison to Promise & Author), Tasha Moore El-Amin (Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond and Children’s book author), and Shon Graham (Community member). To contact any of the panelists, please contact Amanda Lynch firstname.lastname@example.org or Kanika Mcbride kmcbride@grscan and they can connect you. Watch this event live on SCAN’s Facebook page.
12:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn: Healing Neen | Join Greater Richmond SCAN for a virtual Lunch & Learn screening of Healing Neen. Tonier “Neen” Cain is an expert in trauma-informed care. Through her lived and professional experiences, Neen candidly talks about her nearly two decades addiction to crack cocaine and being in and out of the criminal justice system. Following the film, there will be a brief discussion led by GRSCAN’s Joseph Feldman & Amanda Lynch. Participants will discuss Neen’s powerful journey toward resilience and consider ways we can support trauma survivors. Register here.
RPS Lit Limo Book Distribution | The Richmond Public Schools Lit Limo will be celebrating Black History Month with a special display of books that highlight authors, illustrators, legends, heroes, and women/girls of Black Heritage. 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.
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m. | Soulcare: An Exploration of Mindfulness | Led by Amanda Lynch | Black Cultural Society, Randolph Macon College.
6:00 p.m. | VMFA Virtual African-American Read-In | Literature and fine arts come together with the African American Read-In at VMFA. See and hear notable figures from the greater Richmond community as they lend their voices in prose and poetry readings. In this powerful display of storytelling, experience evocative and poignant pairings of works by African American artists and authors. Out of an abundance of caution, VMFA will host this year’s AARI event virtually. Tune into hear from community leaders and curators about works in the VMFA collection and the connections that can be made to literature. Register here.
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m | The Power of Storytelling and Cultural Narrative Reclamation | Mindful and intentional storytelling is at the heart of truth, healing, repair, reconciliation, and advocacy. Great storytellers honor the history that came before them while celebrating their culture and speaking their own truth to power. Join Voices for Virginia’s Children to explore the history and value of truth-telling and storytelling (10a – 11a), followed by a storytelling workshop (11a – 12p) to guide us with nurturing and amplifying our own stories and voices. Register here.
True Belonging: Self, Community and Nature Meditation Retreat (2.25-2.27) Take a break from endless to-do lists and constant connectivity to enter a place of both reflective solitude and supportive community. At this weekend-long meditation retreat at RVA’s beautiful Roslyn Retreat Center, you’ll receive gentle guidance from some of the city’s most respected mindfulness teachers: Philip Davidson, Amanda Lynch, John Taylor and Susan Wilkes. Enjoy dedicated time in silence through guided meditation practices, teacher talks, and techniques to take home with you. Emerge from the weekend refreshed, inspired, and with greater clarity about the essence of belonging and what it means to you. Each of us belongs to self, community and nature – let’s reconnect! Facilitators: Philip Davidson , Amanda Lynch, John Taylor , Susan Wilkes , Elisa Bennett (Yoga), Julian Desta (Sound Meditation). Scholarships are available. (Link to register is here)
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. After Angelo | “After Angelo,” a one-day program honoring the legacy of one of the first African women mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown, returns to Jamestown Settlement on Saturday, February 26, 2022, for a lively celebration of African American culture and heritage.