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Against All Odds: Honoring Black Trailblazers

Celebrating Black History Month-collage of African American artists and political figures

Daily Trivia (Tuesday – Thursday)

Hear what our students shared about black history
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Ashley Rogers – “John Mercer Langston was the first African American Male to become a lawyer after he passed the bar in Ohio in 1854. He was also the first elected African American to a public office in Ohio (Town Clerk).”

Robert Rogers – “Jackie Robinson in April 1947 became the first African American to play Major League Baseball on the Brooklyn Dodgers, he was also named Rookie of the Year and led the league in stolen bases that season.”

Katina Hargrove – “I would like to share about Black History Month that Morgan Freeman does not support the idea of Black History Month, Negro History Week was quickly commercialized, Black History Month is almost 90 years old, Black History Month is also celebrated outside of the United States and that Black History Month was intended to bridge gaps in education. ”

Mariah Lawson – “Black history is AMERICAN HISTORY”

Sierra Holland – “In 1910 Madam C.J. Walker became the first self-made female millionaire. She created a line of hair care products for African American woman.”

Serena Aycock – “George Edwin Taylor was the first Black to run for president of the United States, George Edwin Taylor ran for president as a member of the National Negro Liberty Party in 1904. Though the journalist and a newspaper editor received only 2,000 votes, Taylor deserves to be remembered for his groundbreaking political run.”

Community Trailblazer

Margier White is owner and Insurance Agent for State Farm in Henderson, NC. She is the first woman of color to own an insurance and financial service agency in Henderson.

Hear her story in Part Three of a three part series.

Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge

The Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge is a national initiative of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). By signing the pledge, Dr. Desmarais joins hundreds of other community college presidents across the country who are committed to expanding entrepreneurship, in their county service areas, through supporting startups and small businesses and creating an entrepreneurial culture on our campuses. NACCE is the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges.

The virtual signing will take place on Tuesday, February 23, at 6 P.M., at the beginning of the community book read community discussion for Who Owns the Ice House: Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur (see below for Zoom link details).

Black History Month Book Reads & Community Book Discussions

Image of book cover "Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons From an Unlikely Entrepreneur"-Award Winning Author Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger. Who Owns the Ice House?: Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur

Description: In the late 1950s, Glen Allan, Mississippi, was a poor cotton community. For many, it was a time and place where opportunities were limited by social and legal constraints that were beyond their control. It was a time and place where few dared to dream. This powerful and compelling story captures the essence of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. Drawing on entrepreneurial life lessons learned, Who Owns the Ice house? chronicles Clifton Taulbert’s (Pulitzer nominee) journey from life in the Mississippi Delta at the height of legal segregation to being recognized by Time magazine as “one of our nation’s most outstanding emerging entrepreneurs.” Who Owns The Ice House? reaches into the past to remind us of the timeless and universal principles that can empower anyone to succeed.”

Book Discussion Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92119381536

Book Cover - Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America-Edited By Ibi Zoboi, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Rita Williams-Garcia, Dhonielle Clayton, Kekla Magoon, Leah Henderson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Renolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renee Watosn, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Ibi Zoboi, Lamar Giles Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Description: Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.

Book Discussion Date: Thursday, February 25, 20201
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92119381536

Art and Culture


VGCC Black History Theme Song: Rise Up by Andra Day


DCN Black History Through Song

Seeds of Success

The “Seeds of Success” planted for our students’ success. We will continue to water each of you and watch you all grow.

“Success is the freedom to live your life as the great big fat adventure it is – and the wisdom to understand that all you have to do is to choose to do so.” – John Jantsch

Meet the Team

Thank you to all the Black History Month team members for your hard work!