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TCC CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2011
Public invited to share in speakers, performances, exhibits, forums

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Jan. 6, 2011) – Tidewater Community College celebrates Black History Month with a wide assortment of activities throughout February. With performances, workshops, lectures and entertainment at each of its four 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 free and open to the public.

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

TCC 2011 Black History Month Events

February 1

Black History Month Kickoff Reception
The celebration begins. Join the Norfolk TCC community for its Black History Month opening reception.
Martin Building, Room 2502
Norfolk Campus
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dylan PritchettEssential African Threads
Storyteller Dylan Pritchett brings to life tales told in the early days of slavery. These stories promote family strength and engage the listener in the teaching of character and survival.
Pungo Building, Auditorium, Room F-133
Virginia Beach Campus
12:30 p.m.

Uplifting Songs and Inspiring Stories
The Portsmouth TCC community kicks off Black History Month with an opening ceremony featuring a special musical presentation by Sincere Worship and Praise. Guest speaker Ken Wright, president of the Buffalo Riders of Hampton Roads, will also talk about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers.
The Forum, Building A
Portsmouth Campus
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

February 2

Heart Health Month’s “Go Red Informational Table & Wii Fit”
Presented by the TCC Women’s Center, visitors can learn lifestyle changes to become “heart healthy” and try out the Nintendo Wii Fit System, as a way to tone up and lose weight.
The Forum, Building A
Portsmouth Campus
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Wall
Student Activities invites the TCC family to tear down the wall of stereotypes, hate, racism and biased judgment. Raise awareness about the beauty of diversity and the ugliness of hate.
Whitehurst Building, Student Lounge
Chesapeake Campus
1 - 2 p.m.

February 3

A Taste of Norfolk - Soul Food Sampler/Healthy Eating Poster Sessions
Sample some delicious foods during the fourth annual Soul Food Sampler. This year’s selections will be provided by a variety of local eateries.
Martin Building, Room 2502
Norfolk Campus
Noon -1 p.m.

Oh, Freedom!
The Nubian Dance Theatre presents an inspirational program depicting the African American struggle for freedom as told through music, song and dance.
Pungo Building, Auditorium, Room F-133
Virginia Beach Campus
12:30 p.m.

February 4

Open Mic Night
The Black Student Union of TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus invites aspiring poets, singers, rappers and other performing artists to step out on the stage to showcase their talents.
Pungo Building, Auditorium, Room F-133
Virginia Beach Campus
7 p.m.

February 7

Historical Figures Reenacted
Members of the Chesapeake Campus Student Government Association will dress as historical African Americans from the Civil War era. As they walk the campus, feel free to approach and ask who they are, what battles they fought, and why it is important for you to know them.
All around the Campus
Chesapeake Campus
All Day

February 8

Living Our History, Tracing Our Path
Come hear a powerful percussion program that traces the continuum of African music from its roots in Africa to its wide popularity in modern America.
Pungo Building, Auditorium, Room F-133
Virginia Beach Campus
12:30 -1:30 p.m.

Think Fast Game Show
Join Student Activities and TJohnE Productions in this interactive game show experience. Students will be quizzed on numerous facets of African American history. The winner has the chance to walk away with up to $200.
Whitehurst Building, Student Lounge
Chesapeake Campus
12:30 - 2 p.m.

A Taste of Norfolk - Soul Food Sampler/Healthy Eating Poster Sessions
Sample some delicious foods during the fourth annual Soul Food Sampler. This year’s selections will be provided by a variety of local eateries.
Martin Building, Room 2502
Norfolk Campus
11 - 2 p.m.

February 9

Mike WileyOne Noble Journey
Actor Mike Wiley, in one of his acclaimed original dramatic works, portrays more than 20 characters in this true story of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who sees no alternative to his condition, but to mail himself to freedom in a small crate. Wiley recreates, with humor and drama, a somber but essential touchstone in our nation’s history.
The Forum, Building A
Portsmouth Campus
10 - 11 a.m.

TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
Norfolk Campus
12:30 p.m.

February 10

One Noble Journey
Actor Mike Wiley, in one of his acclaimed original dramatic works, portrays more than 20 characters in this true story of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who sees no alternative to his condition, but to mail himself to freedom in a small crate. Wiley recreates, with humor and drama, a somber but essential touchstone in our nation’s history.
Pungo Building, Auditorium, Room F-133
Virginia Beach Campus
12:30 p.m.

February 15

America’s Black Patriot - A Conversation with John Rollison
Performer James Cameron presents a living history reenactment of this Revolutionary War-era African American. Cameron traces the life of John Rollison, a free African American, who managed to acquire wealth and notability, but soon realized that being free did not always mean being equal.
Pungo Building, Auditorium, Room F-133
Virginia Beach Campus
12:30 p.m.

A Discussion of Black History
City of Portsmouth Mayor Kenneth I. Wright will talk about pertinent history in honor of Black History Month.
The Forum, Building A
Portsmouth Campus
12:30 p.m.

Round Table Discussion - African Americans in the Civil War Era
Join faculty members David Kiracofe and Kevin Brady, along with Student Activities, for a roundtable discussion on the African American experience in the Civil War. The discussion will also cover the impact African Americans had during this most crucial era.
Whitehurst Building, Room 2057
Chesapeake Campus
2 - 3 p.m.

February 16

Local Artist Showcase - Blues and Jazz
Student Activities expands the TCC family’s music repertoire and encourages a greater understanding of the blues and jazz music genres. Join faculty, staff and students for  live music and an open discussion forum.
Whitehurst Building, Student Lounge
Chesapeake Campus
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

African American Genealogy
Learn how to develop your family tree. Join us for a discussion on common problems germane to African American genealogy.
Pungo Building, Auditorium, Room F-133
Virginia Beach Campus
7 p.m.

February 17

Legacies - Featured Event
Legacies is a collaboration of TCC, The Urban League of Hampton Roads and its Young Professionals Network. This annual event celebrates the efforts of individuals from each of our seven cities, all coming together to appreciate and honor those who, through their work and actions, exemplify the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Norfolk Campus
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
6:00 p.m.

Rhythm and Blues Concert and More
Enjoy a musical performance featuring R & B sounds, as well as traditional and contemporary jazz. The music will be accompanied by a dance performance by the Virginia Beach Steppers.
Kempsville Building, Snack Bar, Room D-100
Virginia Beach Campus
11 a.m.

First Impressions
Earl Lewis, owner of Model Boot Camp, discusses how to make a good first impression.
The Forum, Building A
Portsmouth Campus
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

February 22

Soul Bowl
Test your knowledge of Black History at the Soul Bowl.
Martin Building, Room 2502
Norfolk Campus
Noon - 2 p.m. and 5 -7 p.m.

The Step Off
Enjoy the spectacular moves of a Greek step show.
The Forum, Building A
Portsmouth Campus
6 - 8 p.m.

Lance WilliamsFebruary 24

The Development of Hip Hop - Who’s Really Benefiting?
Be a part of an exciting conversation about the social, musical and financial impact of Hip Hop with Lance Williams, Ph.D., from Northeastern Illinois University.
The Forum, Building A
Portsmouth Campus
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Martin Building, Room 2502
Norfolk Campus
7 - 9 p.m.

Leaders in Industry Career Panel
Gain valuable insight from local African American business men and women as they share their experiences. Learn how community leaders in business and industry have excelled in their respective fields. Refreshments provided by Student Activities.
Whitehurst Building, Room 2057
Chesapeake Campus
1 - 2 p.m.

The Boondocks and “Prophetic” Satire
Rev. Earle J. Fisher, professor, pastor, preacher, prolific writer and social activist, explores the connections between African Americans past, present and future through the groundbreaking satirical comic-strip, The Boondocks.
Advanced Technology Center, Theatre
Virginia Beach Campus
6 p.m.

February 28

Soul Food Sampler
Come join us for some delicious soul food. A wide variety of dishes will be featured.
Advanced Technology Center, Theatre
Virginia Beach Campus
5 p.m.

Our History Through Music
Echo of Excellence, the TCC Choir and invited special artists will perform a musical tribute to the African American experience.
Advanced Technology Center, Theatre
Virginia Beach Campus
6 p.m.

 

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Laurie White
Communications
757-822-1085

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & 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 Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six 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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