TCC Celebrates Black History Month 2018

January 24, 2018
Vernon J. Hurte

Pictured above: keynote speaker Vernon J. Hurte

Tidewater Community College celebrates Black History Month 2018 with an inaugural half-day conference, TCC 360: A Dialogue on Black Life and Legacies, on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norfolk Campus Student Center.

Participants will explore the identities of the African-American male in American culture by examining self-identification, media representation, current events, history and politics. The event will be presented by TCC’s Intercultural Learning Center.

The day will include breakout sessions and a keynote address by Vernon J. Hurte, associate vice president and dean of students at Iowa State University. Hurte formerly directed the Center for Student Diversity at the College of William & Mary. He was senior pastor of the historic New Light Baptist Church in Richmond for nearly a decade.

The national theme for Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War,” which commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I in 1918 and explores the meanings and implications of its aftermath.

The month includes an assortment of free, public activities throughout February with speakers, discussions and entertainment at each of TCC’s campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

For more information, contact intercultural@tcc.edu or 757-822-7296.

Events are subject to change and are on a first-come, first-served basis. For the most up-to-date listing of events, visit www.tcc.edu/black-history.

For maps and directions, visit www.tcc.edu/locations.

Campus events

Feb. 1

Black History Knowledge Pop-Up
Noon – Portsmouth Campus, Building A, Lobby
Discover how much you know about Black History! Come, spin the wheel and test your knowledge.

Feb. 2

First Friday: Lift Every Voice
11:30 a.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Commons Area
Celebrate voices that have been silenced or have gone unheard.

Feb. 6

Mancala Game Tournament
Noon – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Compete in the African stone game Mancala and take home the grand prize. Student ID is required to participate.

Feb. 7

Social Media and Black History Month
Noon – Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor
Robert Perkins, chair of the sociology department at Norfolk State University, speaks on “Stop Searching: We are the Heroes for Social Change.”

Feb. 8

Student Leadership Conference
11:30 a.m. – Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor
Former U.S. Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders speaks on “Global Leadership, Challenges and Opportunities.”

Feb. 14

“Entrepreneurship Matters: A Conversation About Economic Empowerment in the African American Community”
Noon – Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor
Join the conversation on how to start, grow or manage a business.

Feb. 15

The Art of W. A. R. (Wealth, Absences, Revolution)
6 p.m. – Virginia Beach Campus Student Center, room K219
A soulful expression of African-American culture emphasized through visual art, music and spoken word – all that celebrate the legacy of African-American artistry.

Feb. 19

Make ’N Take Monday: Akoma Hope Boxes
11 a.m. – Portsmouth Campus Student Center, 2nd Floor Lounge
Make your own “hope box” and fill it with reminders of your goals, aspirations and things you need such as patience, goodwill, faithfulness and soul consciousness.

Feb. 20

Leadership and Lunch: African Americans in Times of War
12:30 p.m. – Portsmouth Campus, Building A, The Forum
A panel of experts explores the role of African Americans in the struggle against repression and exploitation.

Atumpan Talking Drums: Sounds of Freedom
12:30 p.m. – Chesapeake Campus Student Center
Features the music, stories and dance of Africans in the Dismal Swamp and beyond.

Feb. 21

A Conversation for First Generation College Students
Noon – Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor
Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, TCC history professor, talks about the purpose and pitfalls of higher education.

Feb. 22

Thinkfast Gameshow: Black History Edition
12:30 p.m. – Chesapeake Campus Student Center
Put your knowledge of black history and pop culture to the test for a chance to win up to $200! Student ID is required to participate.

Financial Empowerment
Noon – Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor
Learn about “Making Money Moves.”

Feb. 23

Keynote address: A Dialogue on Black Life and Legacies with Vernon J. Hurte
9 a.m. – Norfolk Campus Student Center, 5th Floor
RSVP at tcc360.eventbrite.com.

Feb. 27

Black History Month: Faculty & Student Panel Discussion
12:30 p.m. – Chesapeake Campus Student Center
Discussion with faculty and students on facilitated topics centered on social justice, culture, politics and media.

Feb. 28

Atumpan Talking Drums: Kufis, Crowns & Kangolas
12:30 p.m. – Chesapeake Campus Student Center
The adventure traces the development of hip-hop culture from its roots in West Africa through the enslaved Africans to the Jazz Age to the present day.

Freedom of Dance
5:30 p.m. – Virginia Beach Campus Student Center, Café
Learn the history and importance of dance and about traditional dances from African countries.