The library was packed with people, poetry, dance and music at the second annual celebration of African American History Month, last Sunday. Among the performers were Shae Rhodes, a Northumberland High School teacher who did a dramatization of Maya Angelou’s poem, “And Still I Rise.”
Newcomers to the Northern Neck were Richmond’s Glenn and Ellen Birch with Frank Coleman who performed their original folk song commemorating the daring escape from slavery of Henry “Box” Brown.
If you aren’t familiar with the story, you can hear Glenn tell it and the group sing about it on Virginia Public Radio. Just go to this link: http://wvtf.org/post/virginia-slave-who-mailed-himself-freedom