Black History Month Activities and Programs
Join the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center as we celebrate Black History Month in Harrisonburg throughout February. For additional information on all of the below programs feel free to call 540-437-9213 or contact Stephanie Howard at Stephanie.Howard@harrisonburgva.gov.
The History of the Congo: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Instructor: Felly Kanda
Come learn the history of the Congo. Learn about life prior to Belgium occupancy to today. Find out about the vast resources that exist and how the remainder of the world looks to the Congo from an economic standpoint. Many refugees are fleeing to find safety in communities such
as Harrisonburg. Find out what is the driving force behind this movement. This free program will take place in the Simms Center Auditorium on February 2 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Not Made For This: A Story of Fearlessness, Determination, and the Journey To Freedom
Instructor: Briana Madden-Olivares
The premiere of Briana’s original musical based on the Jourdan Banks narrative. Jourdan, born enslaved on what is now Merck’s facility in Elkton, VA, was sold south in his late teens, fought and escaped several times. Finally making his way to England where his story was written by
black abolitionist, James Pennington 1862. This free program will take place in the Simms Center Auditorium on February 16 from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
1800s African-American Cemeteries
Based on William Good’s book, “Slavery when Humans were Sold as Chattel”. We will discuss lost cemeteries and how to honor them. A group discussion led by the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project. This free program will take place in the Simms Center Conference Room on February 12 from 2:00pm-4:00pm.