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.


Free Public Forum at TNCC Examines Faith and Science

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Division of Communications, Humanities, and Social Sciences will present a free public forum on TNCC’s Hampton campus titled, “Convergence: A Faith and Science Dialog Between a Muslim Aerospace Engineer and an Ordained Christian Physicist.” The panel discussion takes place Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Espada Conference Center located in Moore Hall.

Dr. Ahmed Noor of Old Dominion University (ODU) and the Tidewater Islamic Center and Reverend George Murphy, a Lutheran minister and member of the Society of Ordained Scientists, will serve as guest panelists. The forum will “bring together speakers with both disparate and similar backgrounds to discuss issues in science, faith and popular culture,” said Dr. Charles Smith, who teaches Biology and Religious Studies at TNCC. After each speaker’s presentation, the speakers will take questions and comments from the audience.


TNCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Cinema Exhibit

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) welcomes The Hispanic Cinema Museum in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The traveling exhibit will be on display October 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wythe Hall Gallery on the Hampton campus.

The Hispanic Cinema Museum chronicles the journeys of pioneers in film, theater and television to educate audiences about those who paved the way for Desi Arnaz, Jennifer Lopez, Daisy Fuentes and other Hispanic and Latino film stars. Rare photographs, biographies, motivational quotes, posters, play bills and other memorabilia tell the stories of Myrtle Gonzales, Beatriz Michelena and other Hispanic and Latino stars of the silent film era. According to information shared in the exhibited, Hispanics have acted in, directed and produced more than 400 films and television shows since 1927. The traveling exhibit is meant inspire and motivate people of all races.


Free Multicutural Festival @ TNCC

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Join TNCC’s Cultural Affairs Committee and the MTCA Performing Arts Series for a Multi-Cultural Festival in celebration of Diversity Month. Featuring three free shows, the festival begins Thursday, April 15 with all performances taking place at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. The events are open to the public. Please direct questions to (757) 825-2779.

First is in the lineup is Native American dance troupe Red Crooked Sky. Based in Southeastern Virginia, the troupe represents an array of tribes – Cherokee, Sioux, Meherrin, Osage, Pamunkey, Seneca and Monacan, among and others.


TNCC’s Observes Women’s History Month Beginning March 10

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Throughout March, TNCC will participate in a statewide celebration called, “Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts” in observance of Women’s History Month. The first celebration of its kind in Virginia, “Minds Wide Open” will focus on the artistic and cultural contributions of women. Thousands of performances and displays are expected statewide during the celebration, according to the website

At TNCC, the Cultural Affairs Committee will sponsor a series of performances and lectures scheduled as follows:


Thomas Nelson Community College Presents Black History Month Calendar of Events

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Thomas Nelson Community College will observe Black History Month with a series of presentations, lectures and other activities that reflect the many contributions of African Americans. The month-long celebration begins Tuesday, February 2 and culminates February 26.

For more information regarding Thomas Nelson Community College’s Black History Month event series, contact Ms. Sandra Robertson at 825-3678.