2014-02-12 / News

Films highlight Black History Month

As part of Chesterfield County’s 25th Black History Month commemorations, the Chesterfield County Public Library will offer a film and discussion series, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” The free series shows clips from documentary films about civil rights in America, and authors and historians will lead community conversations about the changing messages of freedom and equality in this country.

• Freedom Riders, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Join radio host and former executive secretary of the Virginia NAACP Jack Gravely for a discussion about the movement that led to the desegregation of interstate buses. Conditions permitting, Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, who participated in the Freedom Rides, will share his experiences. James River High School, 3700 James River Road.

• The Loving Story, Friday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m. – Dr. Peter Wallenstein, author of “Tell the Courts I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage and Law, An American History,” will lead a discussion about Mildred and Richard Loving of Louisa and how their arrest and trial led to the end of miscegenation laws in 15 states. Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd.

• The Abolitionists, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m. – For decades before the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, abolitionists led a battle to end slavery. Dr. Lucious Edwards of Virginia State University will share the historical journey of the abolitionists in the United States. Virginia State University Gateway Dining and Events Center, 2804 Martin Luther King Drive, Ettrick.

For more information about the series or a full list of Black History Month events in Chesterfield County, visit

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