Thomas Nelson Celebrates Black History Month with a Slate of Activities

Thomas Nelson Community College will observe Black History Month with a series of presentations and activities. Themed, “The Art of Storytelling,” the observance will conclude on Friday, Feb. 28 with a Black History Expo at 5 p.m. in Griffin and Wythe halls featuring special guests, actress Jasmine Guy of the hit television series “A Different World” along with author and artist Dr. Synthia Saint James and jazz harmonica player Avon Dews. Later at 7 p.m., the trio will speak at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. The College’s Black History Month schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 5
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Library, Historic Triangle campus
African American Cinema Gallery

Thursday, Feb. 6
4 p.m.
Visual Art Gallery, Templin Hall, Hampton campus
Visual Perspective of Storytelling

Dr. Nashid Madyun, Director of Museum and Archives, Hampton University

Exhibit Opening

Mixed Media Art Exhibit featuring artists Terri Ballinger & Crystal Johnson
Free & open to the public

Monday, Feb. 10
3 p.m.
Library room 229
African-American Read-In
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National
Council of Teachers of English

Tuesday, Feb. 11
12 p.m.
Library, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg
Culinary Storytelling
Ms. Johnna Hamlin, Pastry Chef, Stratford University

7 -8 p.m. *CANCELLED*
Espada room, Hampton campus
The Art of Storytelling – Lecture

Mr. Justin Horton, Interim Assessment Coordinator &
History/Geography Department Chair
Free & open to the public

Thursday, Feb. 13
12 p.m.
Library Gallery, Wythe Hall
Comedic Anecdotes
Vernard Hines, Comedian

Tuesday, Feb. 18
12 p.m.
Gallery, Wythe Hall
Understanding the Lyrics
DJ Bee of 103 Jamz & Fresh Radio

7 p.m.
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall
African Americans’ Connection with Religion – Lecture
Pastor Dr. Kevin Swann, Ivy Baptist Church
Free & open to the public

Thursday, Feb. 20
7 p.m.
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall
Living Through the Beat – Theater performance

Written by Sonya Brundige

Thursday, Feb. 27
12 p.m.
Library, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg
African Americans linking History with Harmonicas
Presenter: Avon Dews, jazz harmonica player
Free & open to the public

4 p.m.
Wythe Hall, Gallery
Black History Expo Quilt Exhibit

Free & open to the public

Friday, Feb.  28
5 p.m.
Gators Café, Griffin Hall & Gallery, Wythe Hall
Black History Expo

Special appearances by:
Jasmine Guy, actress
Dr. Synthia Saint James, artist and author
Avon Dews, jazz harmonica player
Free to Thomas Nelson students, faculty & staff
$10, general public

7 p.m.
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall
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Guest speakers:
Jasmine Guy, actress
Dr. Synthia Saint James, artist and author
Avon Dews, jazz harmonica player
Free & open to the public

 For more information about Black History Month events at Thomas Nelson, contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 757-825-2725.