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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer





HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Jan. 21, 2004) – Tidewater Community College celebrates Black History month with a wide assortment of activities throughout February. With performances, lectures and entertainment at each of TCC’s four campuses, the entire community is invited to celebrate the rich and diverse contributions of Blacks in our society.   All activities are free and open to the general public.

The following represent a sampling of TCC’s activities throughout the month. For a complete schedule, visit

Feb. 2                                           

Opening Keynote Session (Portsmouth Campus, 822-2181)

Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia, will focus on the contributions of blacks and the importance of Black History Month

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Waterfront Conference Room

Against the Odds - The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance (Va. Beach Campus, 822-7226)

This film explores the cultural rebirth of the 1920s and 30s, in which African-American artists triumphed over innumerable odds.

12:30 ­– 1:30 p.m.,   Pungo Auditorium

Feb. 4                                                             

African Dancing (Chesapeake Campus, 822-5138)

African Dancers - Authentic African drumming and dancers.   A kaleidoscope of color, motion, sound and feeling bring back the cultural essence of the past.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Student Lounge

One Noble Journey (Portsmouth Campus, 822-2181)

This historical play tells the incredible true story of Henry “Box” Brown escaping from the perils of slavery by entombing himself in a small crate and secretly shipped himself to a new life in Philadelphia as a free man.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Theatre

Feb. 5                       

Prose, Poetry, Percussion and Song (Va. Beach, 822-7226)

The rhythmic beauty of West African storytelling and dance comes alive through this performance.

12:30 ­– 1:30 p.m., Pungo Auditorium

Feb. 10                     

In the News: New Orleans Jazz (Va. Beach Campus, 822-7226)

Discover the history of a true American art form through this musical performance.

12:30 –­ 1:30 p.m., Pungo Auditorium

Feb. 11                       
Autumpan (Norfolk Campus, 822-1252)
African Drummers and dancers will offer a variety of traditional African dances and instrumental selections.|
12:30 – 1:30 p.m., The TCC Jeanne & George Roper Performing Arts Center,   Room 4235

Step Show (Portsmouth Campus, 822-2181)

Various Members of the National Pan-Hellenic Association will present an exhibition step-show and give historical background information, famous members and the community service initiatives of their organization.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Cafeteria

Feb. 16

Public School Integration Speakers (Portsmouth, 822-2181)

Various individuals who experienced the desegregation of public schools in the Hampton Roads area will discuss the impact it had on their lives and the community.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Waterfront Conference Room

Feb. 26
When Blackbirds Fly: A Tuskegee Airman Remembers (Va. Beach Campus, 822-7226)
Emotional stories about the WWII 301 st fighter squadron by Rodney Williams.
12:30 –­ 1:30 p.m., Pungo Auditorium



Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1958 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 the theater district in downtown Norfolk and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.

For more information, visit

Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer