Each year, Tidewater Community College marks the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The college presents 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. The 2015 recognition program will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Joint-Use Library on TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus.
Ruth T. Jones considers herself a beneficiary of the foundation laid by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As executive director of the YWCA South Hampton Roads, she is mindful of what she calls an obligation to pay it forward every day. “I’m living out this dream that Dr. King had that we would all have a seat at the same table,” she says. “He made me appreciate the dream and instilled in me an obligation to give back.”
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Those words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deeply impressed Tom Lee, coordinator for faculty professional development at Tidewater Community College, when he first heard them. How fitting for a man who keeps TCC forging ahead as a technological leader in higher education.
Hurdle, a student on TCC’s Norfolk Campus, is the recipient of the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award. Working toward an Associate of Science in Social Science, he says, ““Martin Luther King Jr. was fighting for our freedom. Fast forward and we are fighting for freedom away from a culture that accepts average, accepts failures, accepts something bad and calls it a cultural thing.”
Reception and Program on Feb. 5 Join the college community at a special event honoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. recipients. It will be held on Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Joint-Use Library on the Virginia Beach Campus. RSVP by Jan. 29.Learn More