Black History Month

TCC events and activities mark Black History Month 2016

The theme for Black History Month in 2016 is "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories," chronicling the important places in the United States that evoke a sense of black culture and history. TCC's Office for Intercultural Learning will host several special events, including a keynote address by author and journalist Joan Morgan.

Black History Month Keynote Address: Author and Journalist Joan Morgan

Tuesday, Feb. 16
12:30 p.m. (reception at Noon)
Black Box Theatre, Chesapeake Campus Academic Building

Joan Morgan (pictured above) began a career in journalism as a freelance writer for The Village Voice. The response to her first article, “The Pro-Rape Culture” about the Central Park jogger, “established Morgan’s reputation as a black-feminist writer who was unafraid of tackling the most highly charged topics.” A few years later, Morgan won an Excellence Merit Media Award from the National Woman’s Political Caucus for her coverage of the rape trial of Mike Tyson. Morgan went on to become an executive editor of Essence Magazine, and has written for Spin, Vibe, and GIANT. She recently founded her own body butter company, Emily Jayne.

Free and open to the public.

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.

Break the Cycle: Be the Change

Thursday, Feb. 11
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chesapeake Campus Student Center, Big Otter Room 3300

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) has developed this assembly program for schools across the state. Examining the concept and consequences of prejudice, “Break the Cycle: Be the Change” 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 and a part of breaking the cycle of prejudice in their classrooms and communities.

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

Black History Month Essay and Photography Contest

Share your talents and reflect on this year's theme, "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories" or explain the role of Black History Month in American society.

TCC Black History Month Events

Chesapeake Campus Events

The Sounds of Africa
Feb. 10 at 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.

Social Justice Round Table
Feb. 18 - 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.

Open Mic and Spoken Word
February 17 - 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.

Thinkfast Gameshow: Black History Edition
Feb. 25 - 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.

Norfolk Campus Events

Film Viewing: “42”
Feb. 3 at 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.

World Cancer Day Info Session
Feb.4 at Noon
Norfolk Campus Student Center, Lobby
This program spreads awareness in honor of those who are fighting cancer on World Cancer Day. Learn about this international effort to raise awareness and encourage prevention, detection and the treatment of cancer.

Healthy Relationships
Feb.11 at noon
Norfolk Campus Student Center, Lobby
Participate in this pre-Valentine’s Day special event that includes discussions on healthy relationship and receive a treat.

“Norfolk 17”
Feb. 18 - 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. 

Portsmouth Campus Events

Black Consciousness TV
Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 - 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.

Make and Take Monday - Akoma Day Self-Care
Feb. 15 - 11:30 a.m.
Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Student Organization Suite
Akoma Day is the Afrocentric alternative to Valentine's Day with values and principles that reflect virtues that support solidarity and unified purpose. Participants will make body scrub for self-care or to share with a loved one.

Black History Month Live Game Show
Feb. 18 - 11 a.m.
Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Join the competition, hosted by Orlo Azul. Game show winners will receive cash prizes.

Black Men Rock
Feb. 23 - 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.

Black History Month Reception
Feb. 25 - 12:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Commons
Black History Month essay and photo competition winners will be announced. Refreshments will be served.

Virginia Beach Campus Events

Film Viewing: “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes”
Feb. 2 at 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. *Co-sponsored by the Women's Center and Virginia Beach Student Activities.

Black Women’s History Information Table
Feb. 9 at 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. Speak with staffers from the Women's Center. *Co-sponsored by the Women's Center and Virginia Beach Student Activities

Black Women’s History Information Table
Feb. 18 at 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. Speak with staffers from the Women's Center.*Co-sponsored by the Women's Center and Virginia Beach Student Activities

Film Viewing: "Anita"
Feb. 24 at 3 p..m.
Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library, Rooms L102 and L103 

This gripping documentary provides an in-depth profile of Anita Hill, the African American attorney who challenged Clarence Thomas' nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and thereby exposed the problems of sexual harrassment to the world. A discussion group will follow the film. *Co-sponsored by the Women's Center and Virginia Beach Student Activities.