Black History Month

2022 Black History Month Celebration
February 2022

The events of 2020 have brought the continued struggle of African Americans to obtain true equality and justice to the forefront of our nation’s conscience. What remains evident and became magnified is the need to sustain advocacy for lasting structural changes in oppressive systems. These changes will lead us to a new path forward that will ensure liberty and justice is for all. Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center as we share the stories of tragedy and triumph of African Americans in this nation.


Saturday, February 5  |  3 pm  |  Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Black History Month Jazz Night with UMW Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, February 8  |  8 pm  |   Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


Black History Month Keynote Program:  Dr. Marceline Catlett

Tuesday, February 9  |  7 pm  |  Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Dr. Marceline Catlett is the 25th Division Superintendent of Fredericksburg City Public Schools and a Fredericksburg native. She attended Virginia State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She went on to earn a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. After earning Postgraduate Certificates from VCU, Oxford University, Harvard University, and Howard University, Dr. Catlett earned a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dr. Catlett has 39 years of employment experience in FCPS. Her career with Fredericksburg City Public Schools began in 1981 at Walker-Grant Middle School where she worked as a sixth-grade teacher. She moved into school administration in 1990 serving as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel, and Deputy Superintendent.

She has been recognized for her notable achievements in education, leadership, and community service. Awards include the 2018 Hugh Mercer Elementary School African American Community Award, the Women Education Leaders in Virginia 2017 Spirit Award, the 2017 UMW Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award the 2015 Excel Award in Education women in Worship Ministries, the 2011 Fredericksburg Regional Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Washington Area Outstanding Service to Youth Award.

Dr. Catlett serves on many boards throughout the Fredericksburg region including Smart beginnings, Mary Washington Healthcare, UMW’s Community Advisory Committee on Diversity, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Fredericksburg Area Youth Development Foundation Sunshine Ballpark, the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Washington Area, as well as the Rappahannock Area American Red Cross.

Step Show & Competition

Saturday, February 19  |  7 pm  |  Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or  Visit 

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