Staff Contact:

Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations


(Note: New dates for some events that have been rescheduled)


Johnnie Fullerwinder

Paradigm Dance Group
Virginia State University Gospel Chorale Dr. Otis Alexander

DANVILLE, VA. January 25, 2010 - Danville Community College has planned a variety of events during February to celebrate Black History Month. The celebration kicks off Monday, February 1 with a Cultural Awareness Day and continues throughout the month with a variety of activities.

The activities include a hip hop dance group, Talent Show, lectures, Poetry Café, Gospel Fest, and a discussion of racial integration in the area’s public schools. In addition, there will be the annual African-American History Challenge and the Health Fair/Sickle Cell Anemia Trait Testing and Fundraising Drive.

“This year’s celebration includes something for everybody. We have a full agenda of exciting events,? says Joan Tarpley-Robinson, Assistant Professor of Developmental Mathematics and this year’s Black History Month Planning Committee Chair. “Our planning committee included students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and our goal was to offer a variety of events that will appeal to many people.?

Tarpley-Robinson adds that all events are offered free of charge and are open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Dr. Otis Alexander, Director of the Danville Public Library and a DCC adjunct instructor, will discuss selected aspects of the literature from the Reconstruction Era and the Harlem Renaissance. Alexander studied at Ball State University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music Voice Performance Pedagogy, International University for Graduate Studies in St. Kitts, West Indies, Harvard Graduate School of Education Leadership Institute, and Southeastern University. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Friday, February 12, 2010
Gospel Choir Fest, featuring the Virginia State University Gospel Chorale, under the direction of James Holden, along with the DCC Gospel Ensemble, under the direction of Sandy Saunders. The VSU Gospel Chorale has travelled extensively throughout the country and internationally, including Rome, Paris and Budapest. Be prepared for an uplifting celebration. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Monday, February 15, 2010 (Rescheduled date)
“True Colors – Cultural Awareness Day? – DCC students and staff kick off the celebration by wearing African-themed garments or those representing other cultures. Come join us for fashions, drumming, dancing, and presentations of culture by featured guests. Time: 11 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Thursday, February 16, 2010 (Rescheduled date)
Failure was not an Option! A Test Case In School Integration by Johnnie M. Fullerwinder, a local author and educator. She will discuss her new book, which chronicles her pioneer journey as the first African-American teacher hired to integrate the teaching staff of the Danville Public Schools when employed as a science teacher at George Washington High School in 1966. Now a retired educator, Fullerwinder’s employment with the Danville Public Schools included: District Level Coordinator of Math and Science K-12 and assistant principal at George Washington High and at E.A Gibson Middle Schools. While at GWHS, the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals selected her as “Assistant Principal of the Year.? Very active in the community, she became the first African-American president of the Board of Directors at The Danville Science Center. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Health Fair: Sickle Cell Anemia Trait Testing and Fundraising Drive and Blood Pressure Checks will be conducted for students and the community. Sickle Cell Anemia is a hereditary blood disorder that affects mostly people of African ancestry, but also occurs in other ethnic groups, including people who are of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent. This annual event is jointly sponsored by the African-American Culture Club, the Danville-Pittsylvania County Sickle Cell Anemia Association and local volunteer nurses. Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Location: Foundation Hall.

Thursday, February 18, 2010
African-American History Challenge includes teams from DCC student clubs and organizations competing in a Jeopardy-like contest to see who knows the most about African-American history and culture. Prizes will be awarded to the clubs and members. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Thursday, February 18, 2010 (Rescheduled date)

Poetry Café - Monologues, spoken word, and both original and traditional African-American poetry are all on the menu and will be presented by DCC students, employees and invited community guests. Please come have a sip of coffee or tea in the café and enjoy the poetry. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

 Friday, February 19, 2010
Paradigm Dance, a group, from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, is Greensboro’s premier hip-hop and contemporary dance student-run organization. The ensemble aspires to use dance as a medium for change by providing community service outreach for area youth who may not otherwise have access to dance. Paradigm Dance promotes creativity and diversity through lecture demonstrations and performances. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Talent Show – DCC has some talent all stars. Come, join us for this contest to see who reigns supreme. It is sure to be an exciting event. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Talent Show - The finals are here. See who advances as the most talented at DCC! You will not want to miss this event. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

For more information about the DCC Black History Month events, and/or to arrange seating for large groups (of 10 or more), contact Joan Tarpley-Robinson, at 434.797.8554, or click here.


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