Tidewater Community College celebrates Black History Month 2016 under the national theme “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories,” chronicling the important places in the United States that evoke a sense of black culture and history.

The celebration includes a wide assortment of free, public activities throughout February with speakers, discussions 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, except those noted, are open to the public.

Please visit www.tcc.edu/blackhistory for more information or call TCC’s Information Center at 757-822-1122. Events are subject to change and are on a first-come first-served basis.

 

Featured Events

 

Feb. 11: “Break the Cycle: Be the Change”
12:30 p.m. – Chesapeake Campus Student Center, Big Otter Room 3300

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) developed the assembly program “Break the Cycle: Be the Change” for schools across the Commonwealth. Examining the concept and consequences of prejudice, the program is a fast-paced, interactive, 75-minute presentation.

Beginning with the roots of prejudice, the program demonstrates clearly its progression from thoughts to words to actions. Using humor, role playing, audience participation, and real-life examples and stories, “Break the Cycle: Be the Change” motivates students to consider the ways in which they may have contributed to prejudice and helps them to assume the responsibility to work for change as agents of unity.

 

Feb. 16: KEYNOTE Joan Morgan
12:30 p.m. – Black Box Theatre, Chesapeake Campus

TCC Keynote Speaker Joan Morgan
TCC Keynote Speaker
Joan Morgan

Author and journalist Morgan began her writing career freelancing for the Village Voice. Her first article, “The Pro-Rape Culture,” explored the issues of race and gender in the case of the Central Park jogger. The article and the heated response it garnered quickly established Morgan’s reputation as a black feminist writer who was unafraid of tackling the most highly charged topics.

She later covered the rape trial of Mike Tyson for the Village Voice. Her insightful coverage earned her an Excellence Merit Media Award (EMMA) from the National Woman’s Political Caucus.

Morgan’s passion and commitment to the accurate documentation of hip-hop culture combined with adept cultural criticism placed her at the forefront of music journalism. She was one of the original staff writers at Vibe magazine and a contributing editor and columnist for Spin. In January 2000, she was asked to join the Essence staff, where she served as executive editor. Morgan recently founded her own body butter company, Emily Jayne.

Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost.” Her book has been used in college courses across the nation.
 

 

Black History Month Essay and Photo Contest

Share your talents by submitting an entry reflecting this year’s theme, “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories or explain the role of Black History Month in American Society.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 22. Email Alicia Phillips for more information at aphillips@tcc.edu.

 

Campus Events


Feb. 2

Film Viewing: “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes”
12:30 & 5:30 p.m. – Virginia Beach Campus Student Center, Movie Lounge
Filmmaker Byron Hill explores rap and hip-hop videos and lyrics to address issues of sexism, misogyny, violence, representations of masculinity and homophobia within the genre.

Feb. 3

Black Consciousness TV
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, TV Room
TV programming will focus on raising awareness about African American ontologies and epistemologies.

Film Viewing: “42”
Noon – Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor
The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Feb. 4

World Cancer Day Info Session
Noon – Norfolk Campus Student Center, Lobby
This program spreads awareness in honor of those who are fighting cancer on World Cancer Day. Learn about the international effort to raise awareness and encourage prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

Feb. 9

Black Women’s History Information Table
12:30 p.m. – Virginia Beach Campus Student Center, Cafe
View a themed interactive historical display and test your subject matter knowledge by participating in a quick game of trivia.

Feb. 10

Black Consciousness TV
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, TV Room
TV programming will focus on raising awareness about African American ontologies and epistemologies.

The Sounds of Africa
Noon – Chesapeake Campus Student Center, Big Otter Room 3300
Join us as we appreciate and learn about the music and stories of Africans in the Dismal Swamp and beyond in this Black History Month program.

Feb. 11

Healthy Relationships
Noon – Norfolk Campus Student Center, Lobby
Participate in this pre-Valentine’s Day special event that includes discussions on healthy relationships and receive a treat.

Feb. 15

Make and Take Monday – Akoma Day Self- Care
11:30 a.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Organizational Suite
Akoma Day is an Afrocentric alternative to Valentine’s Day that reflects the values and principles that support solidarity and unified purpose.
Participants will  make body scrub for self-care or to share with a loved one.

Feb. 17

Black Consciousness TV
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, TV Room
TV programming will focus on raising awareness about African American ontologies and epistemologies.

Open Mic and Spoken Word
12:30 p.m. – Chesapeake Campus Student Center, Commons Lounge
Join students, faculty and local talent as we embrace the power of spoken word through this open mic event.

Feb. 18

Black Women’s History Information Table 
12:30 p.m. – Virginia Beach Campus Student Center – 2nd Floor Breezeway
View a themed interactive historical display and test your subject matter knowledge by participating in a quick game of trivia.

Black History Month Live Game Show
11 a.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Join the competition, hosted by Orlo Azul. Game show winners will receive cash prizes.

“Norfolk 17”
Noon – Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor
Join the discussion with the “Norfolk 17,” the group of African-American teenagers to attend formerly all-white high schools in Norfolk, after a well-publicized standoff between the city and new federal desegregation laws in 1959. Learn about African American heritage and its impact on today’s generation. Refreshments will be provided for active participants.

Social Justice Round Table
12:30 p.m. – Chesapeake Campus Student Center, Little Otter Room 3310
Talk with us as we discuss the social impact of race relations in the United States.

Feb. 23

Black Men Rock
12:30 p.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Multipurpose Room
A panel of celebrated men from the community will offer insight and inspiration. Refreshments will be provided. Local barbers will offer complimentary haircuts after the event.

Feb. 24

Film Viewing: “Anita”
3 p.m. – Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library, Rooms L102 and L103
The gripping documentary about Anita Hill, the African American attorney who challenged Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Courts and exposed the problem of sexual harrassment to the world.

Black Consciousness TV
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, TV Room
TV programming will focus on raising awareness about African American ontologies and epistemologies.

Feb. 25

Black History Month Reception
12:30 p.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Commons
Black History Month essay and photo competition winners will be announced. Refreshments will be served.

Thinkfast Gameshow: Black History Edition
11a.m. – Chesapeake Campus Student Center, Chesapeake Bay Room 3100
Put your knowledge of black history and pop culture to work for a chance to win up to $200 cash! Student ID required to participate.