Black History Month

TCC events and activities mark Black History Month 2019

The national theme for Black History Month in 2019, "Black Migrations," tracks the continuous movement of African Americans from the south to the industrialized north and beyond. TCC's Intercultural Learning Center will host several special events, including a keynote address by Funmilola Fagbamila, an original member of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black History Month Keynote Address & 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Program

Keynote speaker: Funmilola Fagbamila
Friday, Feb. 22, noon
Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Multipurpose Room

Funmilola Fagbamila is a Nigerian American scholar, activist, playwright and artist. She serves as an adjunct professor of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. As an original member of Black Lives Matter (BLM), Fagbamila has been organizing with BLM since its inception in 2013.

Fagbamila’s current project, titled "The Intersection: Woke Black Folk," is a stage play on the complexities of black political identity. It premiered in March 2018 as the featured production for the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.

In 2017, Fagbamila was awarded the Inaugural Activist-in-Residence position at the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA. Her writing, political analyses and social commentary have been featured in publications such as the Guardian, NPR and NowThis News.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP

Information: intercultural@tcc.edu or 757-822-7296

If special accommodations are needed, please contact the TCC Information Center at 757-822-1122 or the Office of Educational Accessibility at 757-822-7552 at least two weeks prior to the event.
 

2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Program

This program recognizes members of the TCC student body, faculty and staff whose passion for service and justice reflects that of King.

Recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and the College Distinguished Service Award will be recognized at a luncheon on Friday, Feb. 22, as part of the TCC Black History Month keynote address and program.

View 2019 winners

TCC Black History Month Events

Chesapeake Campus Events

Movie: “Black Panther”
Feb. 5, 2 p.m.
Chesapeake Campus Student Center, 2nd Floor lounge

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and a special showing of the first superhero film to be an Academy-Award nominee for Best Picture.

Hip Hop Highlight
Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Campus Student Center, 1st Floor Dining lounge

Grab your sneakers and head to the Student Center, as we bring out the turntables and showcase the tracks, beats and rhymes that shaped hip-hop through the years.

Spoken Word & Open Readings
Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Campus Student Center, 1st Floor Dining lounge
Join us in celebrating this important part of black history by reading one of the poems provided, a personal favorite or one of your own writings.  

Movie: “Hidden Figures”
Feb. 20, 2 p.m.
Chesapeake Campus Student Center, 2nd floor lounge

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and this blockbuster film showcasing the struggle and rise of African-American women in the nontraditional fields of mathematics, engineering and computer programming. Unafraid to embrace their intelligence and abilities, these women shaped the world of NASA and the view of American history.

*Save the date!* Join us on March 26 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chesapeake Campus Student Center for the second part of this event – a highlight for Women’s History Month featuring Monica Barnes. Barnes was the first African-American female to graduate from Virginia Tech with an engineering degree. She is a retiree of NASA’s space engineering program.

Norfolk Campus Events

Relationships Matter
Feb. 12, Noon
Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor

Join us for a healthy relationship forum and find answers to the questions, “What does love look like to you?”

Cupid Couples Valentine’s Day Dance
Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Norfolk Campus Student Center, 4th Floor

Come and dance the evening away with your classmates in the student center.

Money Management and Financial Literacy
Feb. 19, Noon
Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor

Learn how to manage money and invest in your future.

Black History Month Program
Feb. 20, Noon
Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor

Robert Perkins, associate professor of the sociology department at Norfolk State University, will speak on diversity and stereotypes in the African-American community

Heart Health Awareness Program
Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Norfolk Campus Student Center, Lobby

Come and find out easy ways to keep your heart healthy.

Contributions of African Americans in Law Enforcement
Feb. 28, Noon
Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor

Join us for a panel discussion and hear from law enforcement officials supporting our community. Lunch will be provided.

Portsmouth Campus Events

First Fridays February: Black Liberation as Seen on the Screen
Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m.
Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Commons

Students will have the opportunity to share lines from black TV shows and films that inform, inspire and educate.  It’s open mic.  Registration required to perform.
Contact: Student Activities at pscevents@tcc.edu  


Leadership and Lunch: Understanding Black Ways of Being and Knowing
Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Multipurpose Room

Develop an understanding and appreciation for multiple ways of being and knowing.
Contact: Student Activities at pscevents@tcc.edu

Black History Month keynote & Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Program
Feb. 22, Noon
Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Multipurpose Room

Enjoy the keynote speaker for Black History Month and help recognize the college’s 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. honorees.
 

Spark Change: Black Business Expo
Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Commons

Explore black-owned businesses in the community.  The expo is designed to promote solidarity, economic empowerment and innovation displayed by diversity in business.
Contact: Student Activities at pscevents@tcc.edu

Virginia Beach Campus Events

Black History Month Celebration
Feb. 19, Noon
Virginia Beach Campus Student Center, 2nd Floor

Enjoy complimentary food, music and educational materials reflecting this year’s Black History Month theme, “Black Migrations.”

Sponsored by VBSC & ILC

African-American Genealogy
Feb. 6, 6 p.m.
Joint-Use Library, Room L202

Learn techniques and sources that will help you succeed with your search for your African-American heritage. For adults 18 and older. Limited availability.

Sponsored by the JUL and VBSC

Movie: “13th” 
Feb. 11, 2 p.m.
Virginia Beach Campus Student Center

This 2016 Academy Award nominee documentary takes a closer look at the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

Sponsored by VBSC

Movie: “The Spirituals”
Feb. 23, 2 p.m.
Joint-Use Library, 2nd Floor

The documentary explores the American spiritual as a musical art form.  Following the film, local musicians will perform American spirituals. Suitable for adults 18 and older. Open to the public. 

Sponsored by JUL and VBSC

Poetry project
Feb. 26, 5 p.m.
Joint-Use Library, Meeting Room L102

Turn the pages of an old book into your own poetic statement. Supplies are provided. For adults 18 and older. Limited availability.

Sponsored by JUL and VBSC