Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday, February 25, in Moomaw Center on the Clifton Forge campus. The presentation, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Virginia: Past and Present” will start at noon, is free and open to the public.
Two speakers will share their knowledge of the six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Virginia: Virginia Union, Hampton University, Virginia State University, Virginia Theological Seminary and College, Saint Paul’s College and Norfolk State University. However, the focus will be on Hampton University and Virginia State University.
Antwan Perry, alumnus of Hampton University and lead college success coach at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, will speak about the role of Hampton University at pivotal points during 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Lucious Edwards, alumnus and retired archivist from Virginia State University will speak on the topic of “Virginia State University, Origins in pre-Jim Crow Virginia (1882)”.
Perry is originally from Chesapeake, VA. Though raised by a single mother, and also being a first generation college student, Perry “beat the odds” and became the first in his family to complete a college degree. He is a 2003 graduate of Hampton University with a B.A. degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Race Relations.
After college, Perry taught math and social science in Norfolk, where he realized his calling to work in education. While working full-time for Hampton University, then Regent University, and ultimately the Access College Foundation, Perry completed his M.Ed. Degree in Student Affairs in 2010. Understanding that education had opened numerous doors for him professionally, socially, and personally, he decided to pursue his doctoral degree the same month as he graduated from Regent with his Master’s degree.
Perry has completed his doctoral coursework, was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Higher Education in 2012. He is currently in the dissertation phase of his studies at Regent University. His dissertation topic is, “Black Male Student Success in Higher Education”. He will graduate in 2015. Currently he is the Lead Success Coach at Germanna Community College.
Edwards is a native of Chesterfield County and grew up in Ettrick, Virginia. He attended Virginia State College from 1963 to 1964. In 1972, he resolved not to be a college dropout forever and entered Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts in 1974. That fall, he re-entered Virginia State College, where he hoped to study history with the late Edgar A. Toppin, Ph.D.
Edwards earned both the A.B. and the M.A. in History in 1977. Edwards served as archivist at Virginia State College from 1977 until his retirement from Virginia State University in 2013 as Archivist-Historian Emeritus. Edwards has presented papers at numerous History and Archival meetings has written a number of publications.
The presentation will end with reflections on the role of HBCUs today, and the speakers will be available for a question and answer session. College admissions materials and brochures on each institution will be available.
This year marks several historic occasions relevant to black history. Five years ago, in 2010, President Obama designated a week in September as National HBCU Week as part of his White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Fifty years ago, Clifton Forge schools ended segregation in the fall of 1965. A hundred years ago, Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for African American Life and History (ASALH), and 150 years ago, Virginia Union University began its history as the first HBCU in Virginia.
For more information or to reserve a space, please call (540) 863-2828. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.
To encourage student participation in this event a revised class schedule will be followed:
|Regular Class Schedule
||Revised Class Schedule
|8:00 – 8:50
||8:00 – 8:40
|9:00 – 9:50
||8:45 – 9:25
|10:00 – 10:50
||9:30 – 10:10
|11:00 – 11:50
||10:15 – 10:55
|12:00 – 12:50
||11:00 – 11:40
|Black History Presentation
||11:45 – 1:35
|1:00 – 1:50
||1:40 – 2:20
|2:00 – 2:50
||2:25 – 3:05
|3:00 – 3:50
||3:10 – 3:50
|At 4:00 the regular class schedule resumes
||At 4:00 the regular class schedule resumes