TNCC Observes Black History Month with a Series of Free Events


Published: February 3, 2012

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.


Thursday, Feb. 9
Making Black History Relevant for National Parks
Presenter: Kenneth Davis

  • 8:30 -10:50 a.m.
    2nd Floor Landing, Historic Triangle campus
  • 12:00 -12:45 p.m.
    Hampton campus, Wythe Hall

Kenneth Davis, Exhibit Planner at the Harpers Ferry Center located in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., provides interpretive media solutions for national parks in the Northeast Region of the United States and creates an array of interpretive media including museum exhibitions, audiovisual production, wayside exhibits, and web and interactive media.


Thursday, Feb. 16
Seminar: The A-Z of Self-publishing
Presenter: Alexander Lockhart

  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Espada Room, Moore Hall, Hampton campus

Alexander Lockhart, who is based in Richmond, Va., brings this informative presentation to TNCC for aspiring writers, poets and authors. The areas he will cover to help get attendees on the path to self-publishing include:

  • The advantages of self-publishing
  • Author basics on writing your book
  • Obtaining copyright and ISBN
  • How to make your book marketable
  • Digital books and ePub
  • Author signings 101

Wednesday, Feb. 22
Dancing Through Life Lyrics
Presenter: Alicia Riley

  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    MTCA, Templin Hall, Hampton campus
  • Thursday, Feb. 23
    Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg
    6:00-8:00 p.m.

Dancers perform for more than applause. Experience the power of dance and discover the messages behind the movement as local gymnastics coach Alicia Riley shares her motives for dancing and introduces the audience to various techniques. Various ages and levels of experience are welcome.


Tuesday, Feb. 21
Influential Women in Health Care
Presenter: Debra A. Flores,
President, Administrator of Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Hampton

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • MTCA, Templin Hall, Hampton campus

Debra Flores will bring an insightful discussion on the expanding roles of women in the health care industry. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master’s degree in Business Management from Troy University and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as a Reserve Officer. She is affiliated with numerous civic, professional and service organizations throughout the region.


Tuesday, Feb. 28
Pursuing Your Passion: The Importance of
Doing What You Love

Presenter: Azure Antoinette

  • 12:00 p.m. — Meet and greet
    2nd Floor Landing, Historic Triangle campus
  • 7:00 p.m. — “Pursuing Your Passion”
    MTCA, Templin Hall, Hampton campus
  • 8:00 p.m. — Meet and greet/book signing
    MTCA, Templin Hall, Hampton campus

Azure Antoinette is a poet, spoken word artist, author, freelance photographer, and youth/arts advocate. Her first book, “Bittersweet,” was released in May 2009. Her sophomore collection of poetry is titled “for the sake of BREVITY. ” She appeared in the April 2011 of Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, “O,” for National Poetry Month and was a guest on the Oprah Radio Show with host Derrick Ashong. Her poetic work has been used commercially and in film.



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