The Art of Storytelling

Black History Month at Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events exploring storytelling through performance, writing, music, religion, cooking, and art.

 
 
 
Photo of Jasmine Guy, Synthia Saint James, and Avon Dews

FEBRUARY 28

SCROLL IT!

FREE, 7:00 p.m. Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Hampton campus

  • Get motivated with SCROLL IT! A high-energy speaking engagement featuring:

    • Jasmine Guy, A Different World
    • Synthia Saint James, artist & author
    • Avon Dews, harmonica player

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXPO

$10 General Admission, FREE for Thomas Nelson students

5:00 p.m., Gators Café, Griffin Hall and Gallery, Wythe Hall

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  • Jasmine Guy, from the hit TV series A Different World
  • Nationally-acclaimed author and artist Synthia Saint James
  • Musical performance by harmonica player Avon Dews
  • Artwork produced by Hampton University and Thomas Nelson students
  • Children’s area
  • Free health screenings
  • Cooking demonstration by Impressional Sweets, Hampton
  • Southern cuisine provided by Smoke BBQ, Newport News
  • Participating organizations:

    • Thomas Nelson Community College
    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Hampton graduate chapter)
    • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Newport News graduate chapter)
    • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Hampton graduate chapter)
    • Allstate
    • Chick-fil-A
    • Disability Consulting, Hampton
    • General Meals
    • Hampton University
    • Norfolk State University
    • Impressional Sweets, Hampton
    • Smoke BBQ, Newport News
    • Urban League of Hampton Roads
    • And more
 

FEBRUARY 6

VISUAL PERSPECTIVE OF STORYTELLING

Dr. Nashid Madyun, Director of Museum and Archives, at Hampton University discusses storytelling through works of art by African American artists.
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Visual Art Gallery, Templin Hall, Hampton campus

EXHIBIT OPENING

Exhibition opening and presentation by artists Terri Ballinger and Crystal Johnson.
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    FEBRUARY 10

    AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN

    Discussion about African American literature sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.
    • 3:00 p.m.
    • Library room 229, Hampton campus
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    FEBRUARY 11

    CULINARY STORYTELLING

    Cooking demonstration and discussion by Ms. Johnna Hamlin, Pastry Chef and owner of Impressional Sweets.
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • Library, Historic Triangle campus
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    FEBRUARY 13

    COMEDIC ANECDOTES

    Stand-up routine by comedian Vernard Hines.
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • Gallery, Wythe Hall, Hampton campus
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    FEBRUARY 18

    UNDERSTANDING THE LYRICS

    Critical discussion about the history of rap music by DJ Bee of 103 JAMZ and Fresh Radio.
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • Gallery, Wythe Hall, Hampton campus

    AFRICAN AMERICANS CONNECTION WITH RELIGION – LECTURE

    Lecture about biblical stories as they relate to African American history by Dr. Kevin Swann, Pastor, Ivy Baptist Church.
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall
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    FEBRUARY 20

    LIVING THROUGH THE BEAT – THEATER PERFORMANCE

    Play written and performed by Sonya Brundige, Thomas Nelson Community College student.
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall
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    FEBRUARY 27

    AFRICAN AMERICANS LINKING HISTORY WITH HARMONICAS

    Performance and history of the harmonica by musician Avon Dews.
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • Library, Historic Triangle campus

    QUILT EXHIBITION

    Exhibition and discussion by Thomas Nelson art students.
    • 4:00 p.m.
    • Gallery, Wythe Hall, Hampton campus