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Black History Month

TCC Black History Month Events

At TCC, the month includes an assortment of free, virtual activities throughout February.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 12 – 1 p.m.  

Distinguished Speakers Series:

The Business of Justice: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Jordyne Blaise, Esq. 

Jordyne Blaise, Esq., is a renowned diversity, inclusion and equity consultant and strategist. She earned her bachelors in English, with a minor in African American studies, and her juris doctor from Georgetown University. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida.

Jordyne’s expertise in Civil Rights enforcement and diversity change management comes from her work with various organizations including Harvard Law School, NC State University and the District of Columbia Government.


Thursday Feb. 18, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

African Heat with Rita and TCC:

African dancer and Zumba Instructor Rita Addico Cohen presents African HEAT, a one-hour dance fitness class that includes cultural details with every step. The session also includes a cool down and stretching.

Register here.


Sunday, Feb. 21, 4 – 6 p.m. 

Health Equity, Inclusion and The African American Community:

My Thoughts. My Voice. My Art.

Inspired by questions posed by TCC students, a panel of experts address the subject of empathy and its role in restoring balance and fostering positive change. 

Award-winning filmmaker and health advocate and educator Terrance Afer-Anderson will screen excerpts from “The Black Walnut,” his film about the alarming prostate cancer disparity impacting African American men. 


Tuesday, Feb. 23, 12:30 – 1:30 pm 

Health Equity, Inclusion and The African American Community:

My Thoughts. My Voice. My Art.

Inspired by questions posed by TCC students, a panel of experts address the subject of empathy and its role in restoring balance and fostering positive change. 

Award-winning filmmaker and health advocate and educator Terrance Afer-Anderson will screen excerpts from “The Black Walnut,” his film about the alarming prostate cancer disparity impacting African American men.


Black History Month keynote address with LaTosha Brown

Tidewater Community College celebrates Black History Month 2021 with a keynote address by LaTosha Brown, a national speaker, professional moderator and owner of TruthSpeaks Consulting, LLC. Brown has appeared on a variety of media outlets including MSNBC, ZoomwithOprah.com, CBS, HBO and CNN.

Brown will share a message entitled “Can’t Stop: The Movement for Black Lives in America” with students and the community during a virtual event.

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 virtual event in February as part of the TCC Black History Month keynote address and program.

2021 TCC Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Awards & Recognition Program 

Feb 26, 2021 11:00 AM

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.

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.

2021 Honorees

Professor Gabriela Christie Toletti

GABRIELA CHRISTIE TOLETTI

Distinguished Service Award

Professor Gabriela Christie Toletti, Ph.D. was profoundly affected by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a student of English and American culture in her native Uruguay. As a young adult she recalls memorizing King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and taking to heart his message of justice and equality for all people.

Tomilade “Tomi” Aigbokhan

TOMILADE AIGBOKHAN

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

Tomilade Aigbokhan was born and raised in Nigeria. She came to the United States in 2012 to join her husband, Vitalese, who is a logistics specialist in the U.S. Navy. A nursing student, Aigbokhan’s passion for helping people started at a young age as she witnessed civil unrest and the blight of AIDS and HIV in her country.