The Virginia Wesleyan campus community is celebrating Black History Month in a variety of formats. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations will host a Virtual Wesleyan Wednesday via Zoom on Feb. 24 at noon. The topic, “A Decision to Be Impactful,” will be presented by Virginia Wesleyan alumna Chavon Thomas ’11. According to VWU’s announcement on Black History Month, Thomas ended 2020 as an Amazon #1 bestselling author of, “Undeterred: Success Stories of Female Leaders Who Pursued a Seat at the Table,” a book she co-authored with other women in leadership.
Additionally, the Office of Counseling Service will host a session titled ““You Good? A Conversation on Black Mental Health,” with Dr. Crista Glover, Assistant Director of Counseling Services to discuss current events on Feb. 19 at noon.
Also, the Robert Nusbaum Center will be hosting a virtual event called, “Tripped, Terrorized, Spat Upon, and Stabbed in School: The True Story of the Norfolk 17.” As a result of the “Massive Resistance” that closed Norfolk Public Schools from 1958 – 1959, seventeen black students were the first to integrate the city’s all-white high schools. They reunited in 2007 to tell their story.
The Office of Student Activities, through their Instagram account @marlinsoffthehook, will be sharing Black History Month related content daily in coordination with student organizations, showcasing influential leaders such as Harriet Tubman and Hattie McDaniel.