Black History Month

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Black History MonthBlack History Month Activities and Programs

Join the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center as we celebrate Black History Month in Harrisonburg throughout February. For additional information on all of the below programs feel free to call 540-437-9213 or contact Stephanie Howard at






Life of FairfaxFebruary 17 - Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Mary Awkard Fairfax - Virtual Launch with Mayor Deanna Reed

Join us from 4:00pm-5:30pm on Thursday, February 17 for a virtual event for the new exhibit installation at the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center.  We will honor the life, work, and legacy of beloved Lucy F. Simms and Waterman Elementary school teacher and community leader Mary Awkard Fairfax, now available in the very room where she taught for decades. The event will be opened by Mayor Deanna Reed, and will be followed by a discussion of the new exhibit and a sharing of memories and stories about Mrs. Fairfax from those who knew her.  To join us, visit