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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2009

 

TCC celebrated Black History Month in February offering 35 different programs and activities celebrating the rich and diverse contributions of African Americans. From speakers to soul food to song and dance, Black History Month activities, held on each of the four campuses, were free and open to the public.

 

Husband and wife authors Andrew and Luressah Heidelberg signed their respective books, The Norfolk 17 and Breaking Silence, at TCC’s Barnes and Noble bookstore at MacArthur Center in Norfolk.

As a young student, Andrew Heidelberg played an integral role in the desegregation of Norfolk’s public schools. One of the Norfolk 17, he shared his experiences with students.

Earl Gullins, jazz historian and president of the Lee Morgan Jazz Fan Club, talked about the musical influences of the Harlem Renaissance, and how it still inspires today's music.

Using poetry and song, Narissa Bond, singer-songwriter, and Dara Bergmann, poet and activist, explored the lives of African American women from slavery to the 21st century.

Performer James Cameron traced the life of John Rollison, a free African American who managed to acquire wealth and notability in Williamsburg, where he soon learned that free did not always mean equal.

Author Veronica Chambers spoke to a full house about her latest book, Having it All? Black Women and Success. Among other works, Chambers has written Kickboxing Geishas, Mama’s Girl and The Joy of Doing Things Badly. A former cultural writer for Newsweek, Chambers regularly writes for O, the Oprah Magazine and The New York Times.

Students sampled tasty soul food dishes from barbeque chicken to baked beans to corn bread in celebration of the conclusion of Black History Month.

Students, faculty and staff commemorated the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln with talks, period music and a Lincoln

trivia quiz.