NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Public Library (NPL) will kick off a month-long celebration of African American history
on Saturday, February 4 with a series of events including a special keynote address by Norfolk Mayor Kenneth
C. Alexander during the Opening Celebration at 3PM at Slover Library. This inaugural event will also recognize
the recipients of the Young African American Leaders of Tomorrow Award presented by The New Journal and
Guide and NPL.
NPL is proud to celebrate African American History Month each February and recognizes the importance of
paying tribute to the contributions made by African Americans over the long course of our country’s history.
This year’s national theme addresses “The Crisis in Black Education” and, with over 30 programs system-wide,
NPL will delve into this topic on a local level. An important part of education is learning our history and
recognizing those who have helped pave the way.
NPL’s opening weekend will also include the 3rd Annual African American Trailblazers Honors Program on
Sunday, February 5 at 3PM, also at Slover Library. The event honors distinguished African Americans in
Hampton Roads and, this year, recognizes educators who have worked to break down barriers and
stereotypes while also preserving the rich history of African Americans in our community.
“It is NPL’s goal to highlight the accomplishments of the African American community and engage in positive
dialogue on such important topics,” said Sonal Rastogi, Director of Libraries.
More information on African American History Month events at NPL locations is available at
norfolkpubliclibrary.org/aahm. All NPL programs are free and open to the public.