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Black History Month

TCC Black History Month Events

The national theme for Black History Month is “African Americans and the Vote.” At TCC, the month includes an assortment of free, public activities throughout February with speakers, discussions and entertainment at campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

Black History Month Keynote: Vernon Hurte

Tidewater Community College celebrates Black History Month 2020 with a keynote address by Vernon J. Hurte, associate vice president and dean of students at Iowa State University, on Feb. 28 at noon in the multi-purpose room at the Portsmouth Campus Student Center.

Hurte formerly directed the Center for Student Diversity at William & Mary. He was senior pastor of the historic New Light Baptist Church in Richmond for nearly a decade. Hurte was awarded William & Mary’s Chambers-Reid Award for Professional Excellence and named one of Inspire Magazine’s Top 40 inspirers in America.

Pre-registration is required. RSVP to save your spot.

Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Program

Each year, Tidewater Community College honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during Black History Month with a distinguished service award to a TCC faculty or staff member, and provides a scholarship to a TCC student.

Recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and the College Distinguished Service Award will be recognized at a luncheon in February as part of the TCC Black History Month keynote address and program.

MLK Scholarship Program

The MLK Scholarship Program recognizes a student who best exemplifies the teachings and example of Dr. King; advocates a nonviolent approach to solving society’s problems; fosters positive race relations in our community; strives to remove the social, political, and economic barriers of inequality; and possesses a realistic optimism, based on faith, for a better future for all Americans.

Applications are currently closed. View the MLK Scholarship to learn more about eligibility.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Distinguished Service Award

TCC each year marks the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by presenting an award to a member of the TCC family who best exemplifies the teachings and example of Dr. King. Any individual employed by TCC is eligible to be nominated, and any TCC faculty or staff member may submit a nomination.

2020 Honorees

Nita Wood

Distinguished Service Award

Nita Wood loved books and writing and treated her English students as family. Wood, who died on Sept. 3, was an English professor, who also taught African American literature, started teaching at TCC in 1999.

Read her story

Jacquelyn Boykins

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

When she applied to TCC, Jacquelyn Boykins had been out of school for 50 years. Pleasantly surprised by her ability to make A’s in the classroom, she’s finishing up her associate degree in human services.

Read her story