Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Program

Each year, Tidewater Community College honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with two awards – one to a TCC faculty or staff member and one to a member of the external community – and a scholarship to a TCC student.

2016 Honorees

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Community Distinguished Service Award

Monica Brothers and Tony Brothers founded the Still Hope Foundation in 2007 to honor their mothers. Since then, the foundation has supported more than 1,200 single mothers by removing barriers to success. Monica Brothers is president and chief operating officer of Still Hope Foundation. Tony Brothers was integral in identifying sponsors and elevating fundraising to support the foundation. 

College Distinguished Service Award

Along with literature and writing, students in Assistant English Professor Shana L. Haines' classes study law, apply concepts from math and science, and develop critical thinking skills necessary to explore social injustice. Dr. King, she says, informs much of her interdisciplinary approach to teaching.

Student Scholarship

Dr. King "had the ability to rally people together from all walks of life,” says Elisabeth Richardson. “When people come together for a cause even if they haven’t been personally affected – that’s what needs to happen to make positive change.” The Portsmouth Campus student is founder and director of a food pantry and community garden operated from River Shore Baptist Church.

Featured Black History Month events

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Sign that says This is an Inclusive Place


"Break the Cycle: Be the Change," developed by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, is a fast-paced, interactive workshop that examines the concept and consequences of prejudice. Thursday, February 11, at 12:30 p.m. at the Chesapeake Campus Student Center

Joan Morgan, keynote speaker for Black History Month

Keynote speaker

Journalist Joan Morgan's first article for The Village Voice, "The Pro-Rape Culture," established her as an unflinching black feminist writer. She is an executive editor with Essence magazine. Tuesday, February 16,  at noon in the Chesapeake Academic Building Black Box Theatre