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TCC CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2013
Public invited to share in speakers, performances, forums

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Jan. 10, 2013) – Tidewater Community College celebrates Black History Month 2013 under the national theme “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” The keynote event is a talk on Feb. 27 by former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams, who now tours the country with a message of hope for the youth of America.

The celebration includes a wide assortment of free, public activities throughout February with performances, workshops, lectures and entertainment at each of TCC’s campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. TCC invites the community to celebrate the rich and diverse contributions of African-Americans. All activities listed are open to the public.

For more information, call TCC’s Information Center at (757) 822-1122. For campus maps and driving directions, visit tcc.edu/welcome/locations/. (Note: Events are subject to change and are on a first-come first-served basis.)

TCC 2013 Black History Month Events

Feb. 1

Essay contest – At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality
Students are invited to submit an essay reflecting on this year’s Black History Month theme. Essays are due Feb. 15 and should be submitted to askportsmouth@tcc.edu

Feb. 2

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” Gospel Extravaganza
2 p.m., Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk Campus
Featuring the TCC Jazz Ensemble, Old Dominion University Gospel Choir, Ebenezer Baptist Church Voices of Youth Gospel Choir, solo performers and other gospel performances. Sponsored by the TCC Norfolk Campus Office of Student Engagement and Cover to Cover Book Club. Tickets are $7, $5 for ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 5. Tickets will be available the day of the program at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center box office.

Feb. 4

Second Annual Health and Wellness Expo
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Pungo Theater, Virginia Beach Campus
Learn strategies for improving health and wellness, physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.  Demonstrations include simple healthy cooking tips, workout routines, stress reduction techniques and financial planning.

Dancing Our Way Through History
7 p.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
An interactive workshop of rhythm and dance that captures the culture and history of the African-American community through the past century.

Feb. 5

“Why Do They Cry? A Reenactment of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing”
11 a.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
An impactful experience surrounding the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four young girls.

Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation
Noon, Main Campus Courtyard, Virginia Beach Campus
Participate in a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by students.

Jonathan Green and the Virginia Beach Steppers
Noon, Whitehurst Student Lounge, Chesapeake Campus
Enjoy Big Band sounds and learn some new dance moves. Refreshments provided.

Fun Facts and Tic-Tac-Toe
Noon, Norfolk Student Center lobby
Come and compete in a game testing your knowledge of historical facts.

Poetry and Open Mic with Soul On
6:30 p.m., Norfolk Student Center lobby
Display your talents or simply enjoy an evening of music and the soulful renditions by Soul On.
**Open to TCC students, faculty and staff with valid ID and one guest **

Feb. 6

Movie Series – “The Help”
Noon and 5:30 p.m., ATC Theater, Virginia Beach Campus
“The Help,” based on the best-selling book, is a moving look inside the lives of black maids working for white families in 1960s Mississippi.

Feb. 7

“Emancipated But Not Free”
11 a.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
A panel discussion offering insights into the infamous Willie Lynch letter penned in 1712. Lynch, a West Indies slave owner, was invited to advise Virginia planters how to “control” their slaves.

Roundtable discussion – Emancipation Proclamation
1 p.m., Whitehurst Conference Room, Chesapeake Campus
Join us as we discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and how it has shaped and influenced the African-American community and the country.

Feb. 9

National AIDS/HIV Awareness Day
10 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
A half-day summit designed to improve the quality of life and health and wellness of African-Americans.

Feb. 11

An evening with Rep. James E. Clayburn
6 p.m., Roper Performing Arts Center
Clayburn is one of the Democratic caucus’ primary liaisons to the White House and a national leader supporting higher education.

Feb. 12

One Act Play – “The Meeting of Martin and Malcolm”
11 a.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
A conversation between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.  A dialogue about the past and the sacrifices made to provide present-day opportunities. 

African-American Influence on Fashion and Culture
12:30 p.m., Pungo Theater, Virginia Beach Campus
Witness the evolution of fashion and music from the Harlem Renaissance through the eras of Motown, Funk, Disco and early origins of Hip Hop.

Movie Series – "Higher Learning" with discussion to follow
6 p.m., Norfolk Student Center, room 5509
This 1995 John Singleton film tells the story of three incoming freshmen at a fictional university. Performers include Omar Epps, Ice Cube, Tyra Banks and Lawrence Fishburne.
**Open to TCC students, faculty and staff with valid ID and one guest **

Feb. 13

Movie Series – “When We Were Colored”
Noon and 5:30 p.m., ATC Theater, Virginia Beach Campus
Starring Academy Award nominee Al Freeman Jr. and Phylicia Rashad, the film is based on the book by Clifton L. Taulbert and chronicles the author’s coming of age in the segregated South.

Thinkfast Gameshow
12:30 p.m., Whitehurst Student Lounge, Chesapeake Campus
Come test your knowledge of African-American trivia and facts in a fast-paced, energetic atmosphere.

Knowledge Bowl Competition
12:30 p.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
Student club members compete to test their knowledge of black history in subject areas such as famous firsts, lecturers, inventors and writers.  

Feb. 14

An Evolution of Jazz and the Spoken Word
7 p.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
The Harlem Renaissance Cotton Club is one of the great nightclubs in history. This event enables participants to reminisce as singers, musicians and poets share being young, gifted and black.

Feb. 19

One Act Play – “The Meeting of Martin and Malcolm”
12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., ATC Theater, Virginia Beach Campus
A conversation between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.  A dialogue about the past and the sacrifices made to provide present day opportunities.

Music by Soul On
7:30 p.m., Pass Theatre, Chesapeake Campus
Join us as we enjoy a live musical performance from local artists, Soul On. Refreshments will be served.

Feb. 20

Movie Series – “A Great Day in Harlem”
Noon and 6 p.m., Pungo Auditorium, Virginia Beach Campus
Narrated by Quincy Jones, this Oscar-nominated documentary examines the fascinating lives of the musicians who represented one of the greatest periods in American History - the Harlem Renaissance.

Feb. 21

D.R.E.A.M. Awake
12:30 p.m., Bayside Building, room B100, Virginia Beach Campus
In celebration of Black History Month and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., renowned speaker Jullien Gordon will teach students how to D.R.E.A.M. awake, focusing on relationships and money.

Breaking Barriers – The Negro Baseball League
12:30 p.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
Byron Motley tells the story of this American legacy using film clips of special moments.

Feb. 26

Film –  “Get on the Bus!”
11 a.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
A group of African-American men take a cross-country trip to participate in the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.

Roundtable with Richard A. Taylor, author and TCC alumnus
Noon, Norfolk Student Center lobby
Taylor shares his story of overcoming obstacles and keeping his “eye on the prize” of achieving positive things in his life.
**Open to TCC students, faculty and staff with valid ID and one guest **

Community Forum
6 p.m., Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk Campus
Special guests join TCC for a look at the past and a discussion of the future. Officials from the Urban League of Hampton Roads, elected officials, local community activists and Louisa Strayhorn, the first African-American female elected to the Virginia Beach City Council, join the college for this discussion.

Feb. 27

Keynote address: Melvin Adams
7:30 p.m., Pass Theatre, Chesapeake Campus
Former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams shares his story of overcoming adversity and becoming a motivational speaker who reaches out to the youth of America.

Feb. 28

Reading of the “I Have a Dream” Speech
Noon, Main Campus Courtyard, Virginia Beach Campus
Come and participate with students and staff in the reading of the famous speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
12:30 p.m., The Forum, Portsmouth Campus
March with us as we commemorate a moment in history that changed the world – – when more than 200,000 marched in the nation’s capital for jobs and freedom in August 1963.

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Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit www.tcc.edu.

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