Annual Programs

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birthday Celebration

The Afro-American Historical Association (AAHA) presents a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday every year at the AAHA on Loudoun Street in The Plains.

The event includes a concert presented by the MLK choir, under the direction of Pastor Lemuel Montgomery of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Amissville. The 20- to 30-member choir includes members of several area churches.

in 2019, Martin Luther King Jr. keynote speaker Dr. Ellsworth Weaver discussed The Slave Dwelling Project, which brings history to life by focusing attention on slave dwelling structures throughout the country. Dr. Weaver highlighted three different plantations in Fauquier County where slaves lived—at Owl Run Farm (Weston) in Casanova, at Clifton Farm in Warrenton and at Sky Meadows near Delaplane. “We know something about how they lived, and in some cases, we have the names of those who lived there.” As of 1860, Fauquier County hosted 1,285 slaveholders, 2,146 slave dwellings and 10,455 enslaved people.

The MLK celebration has been an annual event at the AAHA for more than 20 years. This is the kick-off event for 2019, which commemorates 400 years since the first 20 blacks were brought to Virginia.

Singers at the AAHA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday celebration.

Singers at the AAHA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday celebration.

date

Saturday, January 18
2 to 4 p.m.

Location

4342 Loudoun Avenue

The Plains, Virginia

Black History Month Celebration

To commemorate Black History Month, in 2019 AAHA presented five screenings of the film Rosenwald. The movie is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who never finished high school, but rose to become the president of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Fauquier County Virginia, was home to eight Rosenwald schools. In 2019, to commemorate the 1619 arrival of the first Africans to Virginia, AAHA will place a marker at Eva Walker Park, Warrenton, Va.,  honoring these schools and the work of Julius Rosenwald. 

DATES

February

Location

4342 Loudoun Avenue
The Plains, Virginia

Annual Play

Every year, a musical play is presented as an AHHA fundraiser. The play is written and performed by local AAHA supporters. It is presented several times over two weekends. The 2019 version was called “Framed,” and the auditorium was packed with enthusiastic theater-goers for each performance.

This year’s performance of “Framed” was a big hit.

This year’s performance of “Framed” was a big hit.

DATES

March

Location

4342 Loudoun Avenue
The Plains, Virginia