Voices of Experience: Local alumni of HBCUs look back 60 years to their education during the Civil Rights Movement

From left: Nannette Smith, Queen Jordan, Gail Haynie and Joe M. Thompson

Hear the stories of  patrons who are alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


During the opening reception of our latest exhibit, part of the Virginia Artisan Trail, a small group from our library community gathered to talk about their experiences 60 years ago as they were in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement while trying to stay focused on getting their degrees.

As part of Black History Month, the library is hosting an art exhibit of student artwork reflecting the styles of famous Black American Renaissance artists. In addition local alumni of HBCUs brought in their photos for a collage.

Please join us on February 23 at 2 p.m. in the Northumberland High School auditorium for a free program that celebrates black history. This is the fifth year for this community program, “We’ve Come This Far Imani (by Faith)” There will be dance, song, poetry and a look back at some of the milestones and important people in the history of black Americans.

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