TNCC Opens Black History Month Observance with Newport News Mayor as Keynote Speaker

Published: January 21, 2011

HAMPTON, Va. – Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) begins its Black History Month observance on Tuesday, February 1 with an opening ceremony featuring Newport News Mayor the Honorable Dr. McKinley L. Price as keynote speaker. Free and open to the public, this kick-off event takes place from 7-9 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium located in Templin Hall on the Hampton campus.

The program will also include a musical performance by Legacy of Weyanoke and an exhibit of photographs taken in Africa by local photographer Nadere Johnson. Refreshments will be served.

A native of Newport News, Virginia, Dr. Price was elected in 2010. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hampton University, a doctoral degree in Dental Surgery from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and completed a general anesthesia residency at Provident Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

The former member and past chairman of the TNCC Board is a Fellow in the Virginia Dental Association, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He was elected President of the Peninsula Dental Society in 1989 and was named “Dentist of the Year” by the Old Dominion Dental Society.

Dr. Price has received numerous honors and awards including the President’s Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Peninsula Chapter of 100 Black Men (1994), the Presidential Citizenship Award from Hampton University (1996) and the Peninsula Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice’s Humanitarian Award (1996). He was also recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Daily Press in 2005 for co-chairing People to People, an organization dedicated to improving race relations and the quality of life in Newport News.

His long record of civic participation spans decades and includes service as Chairman of the Board for Riverside Health System Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Riverside Health System Board and appointment to the Newport News City Council for a five-month period in 2004. Additionally, Dr. Price was appointed to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Board by Governor Mark Warner.

Themed “On the Shoulders of Giants: Agents of Change,” TNCC’s Black History Month observance continues throughout February with a series of presentations, lectures, exhibits and other activities that reflect the many contributions of African Americans. Events are sponsored by the TNCC Black History Month Committee and Cultural Affairs Committee.

For additional information, contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events at 757-825-2725.

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