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Museum Programs, Events, and Activities

January 29, 2020 @ 12:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

Soul Santa has been visiting the Black History Museum for over twenty years and he will return again but virtually this time.  So on December 5 & 12 children can participate by seeing a message from Soul Santa and also joining in holiday craft making or hearing a Christmas story.

Christmas 2020 will be like no other ever experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Black History Museum will bring a little cheer to children while maintaining health and safety. This year, the museum will present Soul Santa via the internet. Children can register to join one of the online sessions and visit with Soul Santa along with one of his elves. On December 5, children can participate in Christmas craft making with the museum’s history services coordinator and Virginia artist, Faithe Norrell. On December 12, Karla Redditte, NBC12 news anchor, will share a Christmas story. And mum’s the word regarding a special treat —  each child who registers will receive a personalized letter in the mail from Soul Santa!

Children from all cultural backgrounds enjoy seeing Soul Santa and this year will be no exception! To register for a virtual visit with Soul Santa click on a link below. Be sure to include the name and address for each child participating so they can receive their own personalized letter.

December 5

Holiday Craftmaking with Faithe Norrell
12 PM – 12:30 PM
1 PM – 1:30 PM

*To participate in holiday craftmaking, download supply lists and instructions here.

December 12

Christmas Storytime with Karla Redditte
12 PM – 12:30 PM Sold out

1 PM – 1:30 PM Sold out

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM New Session Added

Voices For Change is an online community conversation series created by the Black History Museum.  Each segment includes a diverse guest list such as historians, politicians, community leaders, educators, and everyday citizens. Guests share their personal experiences and perspectives on various topics and viewers share their reflections by responding to poll questions. We know that societal ills cannot be resolved easily. However, we hope these programs serve as a catalyst for conversation and change.  Please view our five segments on social justice recorded in the summer of 2020 and we look forward to offering more topics in the future.

Voices for Change: Protests  VIEW HERE.

Voices for Change: Youth  VIEW HERE.

Voices for Change: Racial Inequities VIEW HERE.

Voices for Change: Subliminal Consent VIEW HERE.

Voices for Change: What’s Next? VIEW HERE

The museum is open, however, programs and events are online only at this time.  Safety is our primary concern and as such COVID19 protocols are in place.  Please stay in touch as we update our plans.


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January 29, 2020 @ 12:00 am
December 31, 2020 @ 11:59 pm