Black History Month event to honor Richmond sports and recreation icons

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Black History Month event to honor Richmond sports icons
Charles "Charlie" Reid, influential Richmond recreation manager. (Photo courtesy of the Richmond Public Library)

By Kathy Chouteau

The Richmond Public Library is honoring the City’s early Black sports and recreation leaders during a Black History Month video tribute event set for Thurs., Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Richmond City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond.

During the event, the library said it will “honor the City’s early Black recreation and sports leaders that created a safe and healthy winning environment for young people.” The event is free to attend for all ages, but community members should RSVP due to limited seating.

On Facebook, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia said the video tribute by documentarian Doug Harris “will feature odes to local recreation and sports program leaders like Charlie Reid, Eural McKelvy, C.A. Robertson, Larry Lewis and more.”

To RSVP for this free event, click here. For additional information about the event, contact the Richmond Public Library’s Teen and Young Adult Services Librarian Angela Cox at (510) 620-5516.