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JTCC Celebrates Black History Month with a Variety of Events

Posted on January 30, 2014

By Holly Walker

In the era between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, the Rosenwald rural school building program provided critical education opportunities to African Americans in the South. Through this initiative 364 Rosenwald Schools were built in Virginia, but it is estimated that only about 10 percent of them remain standing today.

On February 22, 2014, John Tyler Community College (JTCC) in partnership with Preservation Virginia will host a Saving Virginia’s Rosenwald Schools, a networking and planning meeting designed to bring together Rosenwald School alumni and their descendants, students, community members, historical groups, researchers, preservationists and anyone interested in discussing ways to preserve these sites.

Saving Virginia’s Rosenwald Schools will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on February 22 in the Nicholas Center at John Tyler Community College’s Chester Campus. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.  For additional information about the event or to register for it, contact Dr. Alyce Miller, associate professor of history at John Tyler, at amiller@jtcc.edu or 804-706-5254 or Mr. Justin Sarafin, director of preservation initiatives and engagement at Preservation Virginia, at jsarafin@preservationvirginia.org or 804-648-1889 ext. 317.

In addition to the Rosenwald Schools summit, John Tyler Community College will hold a number of other activities throughout February in honor of Black History Month.

Monday, February 3
2:00 p.m.
Lecture – Tuskegee Airmen Presented by Howard Baugh, Howard Baugh Petersburg Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Tuesday, February 4
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Documentary Film – Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Wednesday, February 5
9:30 a.m.
Lecture – Dismembering Slavery: Corpse Desecration as a Way of Enforcing Mastery
Presented by Mr. David Roettger, JTCC History Instructor
Chester Campus,Bird Hall, room B124 (Note: This is a room change)

Wednesday, February 5
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Documentary Film – White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Thursday, February 6
1:00 p.m.
Lecture – The Legislation of Discrimination: Racialized Laws in Seventeenth Century Virginia
Presented by Mr. James Tolj, JTCC History Instructor
Chester Campus, Nicholas Center, room N102

Monday, February 10
12:30 p.m.
Lecture – Program of Action: The Rev. L. Francis Griffin and the Struggle for Racial Equality in Farmville, 1963
Presented by Dr. Brian J. Daugherity, VCU History Department and Mr. Brian Lee, Ph.D. student at UNC-Greensboro
Chester Campus, Nicholas Center, room N102

Wednesday, February 12
12:00 p.m.
Read-in
Led by Author Charles Carroll Lee and Thomasine Hill
Chester Campus, Nicholas Center, room N102

Wednesday, February 19 (Note: this is a date change)
2:00 p.m.
Lecture – The Virginia Slave Name Database
Presented by Dr. Lauranett Lee, Curator of African American History, Virginia Historical Society
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Friday, February 21 (Note: this is a date and time change)
1:00 p.m.
Lecture – Virginia’s Pupil Placement Board and the Practical Applications of Massive Resistance, 1956-1966
Presented by Dr. Katie Eskridge, Germanna Community College Assistant Professor of History and JTCC Adjunct Instructor
Chester Campus, Bird Hall, room B124

Tuesday, February 25 (Note: this is a date change)
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Celebration of Soul Food
In addition to great food, members of Second Union Rosenwald School, Inc. will join us for a presentation and roundtable discussion on Rosenwald Schools in Goochland and an effort to preserve Second Union.
Chester Campus, Nicholas Center
Celebration of Soul Food is open to JTCC students, faculty and staff. E-mail your reservation to Amanda Carpenter-Horning at acarpenter@jtcc.edu.

All Black History Month activities, with the exception of Celebration of Soul Food, are free and open to the community.

For more information about JTCC’s Black History Month events, contact Dr. Alyce Miller at amiller@jtcc.edu or 804-706-5254.

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