TNCC’s Black History Month Celebration Focuses on Fitness with Olympic Medalists, Renowned Sports Figures as Guests

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is observing Black History Month with a series of presentations and activities featuring several Olympic medalists and celebrated professional/college sports personalities including gymnasts Dominique Dawes, Gabrielle Douglas and others.  Themed “Empowerment through Fitness,” the month-long observance began with track star Francena McCorory and University of Virginia Head Football Coach Mike London as guests.

Feb. 21
Guest speaker Wayne Gomes, Former Philadelphia Phillies player & Virginia Baseball Academy owner
7:00 – 8:00 p.m., free and open to the public
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall

Wayne Gomes of Hampton, became a major league baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997. He was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 2001 and played alongside Barry Bonds during Bonds’ record-breaking home run season. In 2002, Gomes signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox. Pitching as a set-up man, he helped guide the Sox to second place in the American League east. Located in Hampton, Gomes’ Virginia Baseball Academy is an 8,330 square-foot facility that provides camps conducted by former major league players.

Feb. 26
Empowerment through Fitness Reception featuring
Olympic gold medalists Dominique Dawes and Gabrielle Douglas
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Espada, Moore Hall
Tickets are $25 per person and are available now at .


TNCC’s Black History Month Celebration Features Olympic Gold Medalists, Gymnasts Dawes and Douglas

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Olympic gold medalist and motivational speaker Dominique Dawes will bring her message “ENVISION: Reaching your Full Potential” to Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) as a part of a series of events celebrating Black History Month.

Free and open to the public, Dawes’ presentation will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall at TNCC’s Hampton campus. ENVISION is an acronym for the eight principles that helped Dawes become successful in and out of the athletic arena and is also the title of her motivational line of products.

“I am excited to be a part of the Thomas Nelson Community College’s celebration of Black History Month,” said Dawes. “The theme ‘Empowerment through Fitness’ is a message that is important to me and one that mirrors one of my philosophies.”


Olympic Gold Medalist Opens TNCC’s Black History Month Celebration

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Black History Month celebration begins Thursday, Feb. 7 with a program featuring Olympic gold medalist Francena McCorory as guest speaker. Themed “Empowerment through Fitness,” the College’s celebration continues Monday, Feb. 11 with an appearance by University of Virginia’s (UVA) head football coach Mike London.

Free and open to the public, both one-hour events take place at 7 p.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall.


TNCC Observes Black History Month with a Series of Free Events

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Thomas Nelson Community College will observe Black History Month with a series of free presentations and other activities. Themed “African American Women Innovators: Thinkers, Creators, Dreamers,” the celebration begins Tuesday, Feb. 7. The schedule is indicated below.

Tuesday, Feb. 7
TNCC Welcomes Carolyn McKinstry

  • 12:00 p.m. — Meet and greet
    Library, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg
  • 7:00 p.m. — Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Experience
    Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium (MTCA),
    Templin Hall, Hampton campus
  • 8:00 p.m. — Meet and greet/book signing
    MTCA, Templin Hall, Hampton campus

As a child, Carolyn McKinstry survived the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. After losing four friends in the attack, McKinstry attended mass meetings and rallies at the church as a teen and was among thousands of students hosed by firemen during marches in 1963. The Birmingham native survived a second bombing that destroyed a large portion of her home in 1964. McKinstry has shared her experiences with the History and Discovery Channels, CNN, Life Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, national and local Public Radio and numerous other organizations and academic institutions.


Internationally Known African Drummers and Dance Company WACONGO to Perform at TNCC

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In honor of Black History Month, internationally known drummers and dance company, WACONGO, will be performing in the Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College, on Feb. 8 at 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, this event is being sponsored by the TNCC Cultural Affairs Committee.

Led by artistic director Elie Kihonia, WACONGO Dance Company is a traditional ensemble of master drummers, dancers and musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who perform the ancestral songs and dances of Central Africa. WACONGO artists have extensively toured Europe, Asia, and North and South America.