10221 Krause Rd Suite 188 Chesterfield, Va. 23832-9998

Black Connections Presents Returning Citizens Show Up and Show Out

Black Connections Presents Returning Citizens Show Up and Show Out

Local talent, local clothing businesses, local food, raffles, and networking.
Black Connections is super excited to showcase all of this awesome talent. We will have musical artists, poets, a fashion show, food vendors, raffles, and networking.
We will have two events in one day. One from 2pm to 5pm and from 7pm to 10pm
*There are No Refunds unless we cancel the event.*

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Our Goal

This is an event that will show support to and celebrate the talents and accomplishments of the returning citizens who have paid their debt to society and have returned with an eagerness to give back to the communities and their families and more. These and many other returning citizens have learned so much about themselves and their mistakes and have returned to society with an understanding that they owe, and this event will help celebrate and showcase just that. So please come out and support them as many of you have done and continue to do

The Location - ROBINSON THEATER: BEGINNING AGAIN

A RICH HISTORY IN CHURCH HILL

Built in 1937, the Robinson Theater was a sophisticated version of Art Deco Moderne architecture. Commissioned by Hill Entertainment Group and designed by Richmond architect, Edward F. Sinnott,  the Robinson quickly became the center of activity for this thriving community.  The United States Department of the Interior lists the historic Robinson Theater as “the final icon of the transformation of this section of Church Hill into a middle-class African-American neighborhood”.

BILL “BOJANGLES” ROBINSON

The theater was named for Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a native son of Richmond who grew up to be “the toast of Broadway, dazzling audiences with his remarkable footwork”.  To this day, he is considered by many to be the “World’s Greatest Tap Dancer”.  Former Virginia State Delegate, James Christian, Jr. doorman and assistant manager of the Robinson Theater recalled Bill Robinson as “a kind-hearted individual who had a great deal of interest in the people”.

“FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD”

Christian also remembered the role of the theater as “a social institution for the neighborhood. It certainly was a help to the youngsters in the community”.  The Honorable Douglas Wilder remembered his childhood neighborhood in Church Hill as one “self-sufficient city”.  He was impressed by the Robinson Theater and the way “people would go to the theater like they were going to a premiere on Broadway”.  In addition to showing films, singers, dancers, jazz bands, comedians, and amateur talent shows appeared live regularly at the Robinson.  The theater was a hub of social interaction for the community.  Until it closed.

CLOSED

In the mid-1980s, after several reinventions of the theater ranging from disco to bar to restaurant, to pool hall and nightclub, any resemblance to its former glory vanished along with the lighted displays, ticket booth, and grand entrance.  The Robinson’s beautiful marquee was removed and the doors boarded up.  The theater was closed, the lights went out, and no longer could the Robinson be considered a place “of help to the youngsters in the community”.  Crime in Church Hill was on the rise and many neighborhood landmarks were abandoned and fell into disrepair.

TURN ON THE LIGHTS

In 2008, the Robinson Theater underwent another reinvention, this time returning to its roots as an “icon of the transformation of this section of Church Hill”. A historic renovation now enables community life to once again take place within its walls. With a myriad of opportunities for young and old alike, including lessons in dance, karate, acting and music, Saturday matinees, community meetings, receptions and recitals, the possibilities for neighborhood use are endless. Throughout the restoration process, neighbors have stopped by, eager to share their personal, fond memories of this once beautiful theater.  A full replica of the Robinson Theater marquee was returned to its rightful place and this historic monument is once again bringing light to the Hill.

Important Covid-19 Guidelines:

Please read through this in its entirety to ensure that you are complying to the guidelines set to protect us all at the Expo. EVERYONE will have their temperatures taken upon entering the event space. Masks are always to be worn except for when drinking and eating. Every vendor table will have hand sanitizer. There will be tape markings on the floor one foot in front of all tables for people to stay behind. No temperature, no mask, no entry, no exceptions. If you do not comply with these guidelines you will be asked to leave, there will be no refund.

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