By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected]
As part of Black History Month, the city will be hosting events throughout February aimed at educating the community about the history, achievements and contributions of current and former local Black residents.
Events will include virtual storytelling sessions for children and adults alike; lectures; concerts, including the Washington Revels, and online tours.
The city is highlighting two lectures in particular. On Feb. 8 from 4 to 5 p.m., Trey Walk and Cyan Blackwell from the Equal Justice initiative will provide updates on their work with the Alexandria Community Remembrance Project, an effort to spread awareness about two lynchings that took place in the city. For more information, “A southward journey.”
In “Race Riots,” historian Susan Strasser will trace the history of the titular term and how racially charged violence “has framed American discussions of race throughout the nation’s history,” according to a city news release. This lecture will take place on Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Manumission Tour Company, which provides guided tours of Alexandria’s Black history led by Councilor John Chapman, will kick off the month with a virtual “Freedom’s Fight Tour” today from 5 to 7 p.m. Register for the event here.