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Black History MonthBlack History Month Activities and Programs

Join the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center as we celebrate Black History Month in Harrisonburg. Below are a few of the upcoming programs that will be presented in the Simms Center Auditorium throughout February. For additional information on all of these programs feel free to call 540-437-9213 or contact Stephanie Howard at





African-American Property -Ownership of Downtown Harrisonburg 1850-1860

Location: Lucy Simms Center - Room 101 

A talk with author Ryan Bachman.  Ryan's book about nine families, their homes, and businesses is a window into an untold story.  This is a free event that takes place Thursday, February 2 at 7:00pm. 


An Afternoon with Frederick Douglass

Location:  Lucy Simms Center - Auditorium

Instructor:  Nathan M. Richardson

Poet, author, and spoken word performer Nathan R. Richardson captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the great writer, orator, and abolitionist.  This is a free event that takes place Saturday, February 11 at 4:00pm.


Zenda's Homecoming

Location:  Lucy Simms Center - Auditorium

Join us as we celebrate the community of Zenda, 1870-1920 through word, song, and video.  The voices of descendants will tell their ancestor's story of faith, strength, and love.  This is a free event that takes place Saturday, February 18 at 7:00pm.



Soul Food Dinner and Art Show

Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment while socializing and sampling some traditional Soul Food dishes made by some of the Northeast Community’s lifelong residents. This is a free program that will take place on Saturday, February 25 from 5:00pm-8:00pm.