Let's Celebrate Black History Month in Richmond!



Happy Black History Month, Outdoor Afros!

We’re pleased to partner with the Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home Front National Park  to bring you a special evening event!

February 7 marks the 71st anniversary of the Double Victory Campaign, the 1942 strategy to remind America that black service men and women fought for two victories: to free enslaved people abroad and to win equality at home. We’d love to honor this special event with a hike and interactive discussion on local African American history.


Joined by fellow Outdoor Afros and National Park Service Rangers and fellow Outdoor Afro Ranger Raphael Allen and Armand Johnson, we’ll start with a hike on the Marina Bay Trail. We’ll work our way around the waterfront, stopping to learn more about the role African American women played on the home front during World War II, including their work as welders on the SS George Washington Carver and their work as union organizers and community activists.

This hike is paved and flat- great for beginners!

After the hike, we’ll head back to the Rosie the Riveter museum for an exclusive, interactive tour of exhibits commemorating Black history, including the oral histories of Willie Mae Cotright and Matilda Foster. We look forward to relearning our history together and inviting you to share your memories and stories.

What to Bring 

*Proper footwear 



*Windbreaker and fleece- weather permitting, we'll be outside hiking the trail for 1 hour

*Flashlight/head lamp

*signed copy of your Outdoor Afro Release


Driving from the East Bay: take 580 West; exit at Harbour Way North. Exit merges with Harbour Way South heading north. Follow road north to Cutting Blvd, turning right onto Cutting. In 2/10ths of a mile turn right onto Marina Way. Continue south on Marina Way to the very end (1 mile) and park. For GPS/ reference' sake, map the directions to 1401 Marina Way (a Comcast ofc), and then drive past it to the end of street.


Please make sure to bring a SIGNED copy of the outdoor afro release so that we can start the hike on time http://files.meetup.com/2045381/REQUIRED%20Outdoor%20Afro%20Trip%20Waiver.pdf

Hope to see you there!

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  • Nicole

    This event was a true history lesson. My friend and I learned so much about the history of not only African Americans, but also other groups who influenced our story. I will never see Richmond quite the same. It was great to have an interactive discussion allowing the rest of the group to share their knowledge as well. Raphael is like a walking encyclopedia! Many thanks to both Zoe and Raphael for braving the elements to still make this event happen.

    2 · February 8, 2014

  • Clay

    Fantastic and informative!

    February 7, 2014

  • Terry

    I've been stuck in traffic for quite a while and at this rate I won't be able to make it in time.

    February 7, 2014

    • Zoë P.

      Sorry to hear that terry! We'd love to have you if you're still up for it!

      February 7, 2014

  • Audra F.

    I will be at work longer than originally expected. Have fun!

    February 7, 2014

    • Zoë P.

      feel free to join us after, Audra!

      February 7, 2014

  • Christina

    Sorry to cancel. Unfortunately, I can't make it from work in time.

    February 6, 2014

    • Zoë P.

      Hi Christina- due to the rain will be indoors for the entire event. feel free to stop by after work!

      February 7, 2014

  • Zoë P.

    Hi everyone- the RSVP is capped at 55 because the theater at the RRWWII Memorial only seats 55. If you are unable to attend tomorrow, kindly update your RSVP as soon as possible to allow other folks to have your seat.

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • mahasin

    I would like to find out more about this great explorer.Enjoy the walk.

    February 6, 2014

  • raphael a.

    So glad all of you are coming to see the national park that we're making in Richmond, and even more excited that we might fold some of your memories into the stories we tell here. Our goal here is fewer lectures and more interaction, and that includes learning together where your fams were in this 1940s history. For starters, think about: How were African American women (family-, famous or both) living in the 1940s? And How did the Great Migration affect the places that are important to your folks? See you Friday!

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • sophia

    This seems amazing,. Will try to make this

    February 1, 2014

  • Audra F.

    I really want to attend but it will be cutting it close getting there from work I will be sure to update my RSVP if needed.

    January 31, 2014

  • Tina R.

    I would love to go. But I'm currently out of town. :-(

    January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    :-/ busy weekend...

    January 31, 2014

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