NOVA Honors Black History Month

NOVA is proudly commemorating Black History Month with a series of special events and presentations.

Celebrations began with a diversity conference at the Manassas Campus and conclude with a soul food dinner paying tribute to area police officers.

“We’re excited about the variety of events we’re hosting for Black History Month this year, everything from a campus-wide diversity conference, to a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to a celebratory soul food dinner. We’re also hosting a transfer fair of HBCUs which should be of interest to many of our students,” says Dr. Joann Credle, who organized the events.

“All activities are free and open to NOVA students, faculty and staff, and to the local community,” she added.

Those speaking or being honored include Fairfax Homicide Detective of the Year Brian Byerson, Global Page Inc. Founder Jimi Page, National Great Blacks in Wax Museum CEO and President Joanne Martin, and more.

Byerson is a graduate of the first cohort of NOVA Partners/Fairfax County.

The soul food dinner will take place on Feb. 28, and will pay tribute to 10 police officers and a member of the military police force.

Officers being honored:

  • 2nd Lieutenant Dereck Grey
  • Detective Brian Byerson
  • Detective Victoria Byerson
  • Detective Shawn Carroll
  • Officer Darrell Haley
  • Officer Kassandrine Ford
  • Officer Tajwaar Beaufort
  • Officer Ryan Tillman
  • Officer Jamecca Harrell
  • Officer Isa Martin
  • Officer James Cottom
  • Officer Indya Cottrell
  • Master Sergeant Elton Satterwhite, retired military police officer

NOVA’s Black History Month events schedule:

  • FEB. 22: CAMPUS-WIDE DIVERSITY CONFERENCE
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Manassas Campus
    Note: Event open to NOVA students only.
  • FEB. 22: FREE TRIP – NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE
    8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Register at the Food Services Building, Room 232, Annandale Campus
    Note: Event open to NOVA students only.
    Bus departs from the front of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center
  • FEB. 26: NOT JUST ANOTHER VOICE FROM THE BRONX
    Speaker: James Page, NOVA student, military veteran and CEO of Page Global Inc.
    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Administration Building, Room 323, Annandale Campus
  • FEB. 26: HBCU TRANSFER FAIR
    11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Mark R. Warner Student Services Building, First Floor, Annandale Campus
  • FEB. 27: PRESENTATION
    Speaker: Dr. Joanne Martin, museum co-founder, president and CEO of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
    2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center Seminar Room, Annandale Campus
  • FEB. 27 & 28: WAX FIGURES ON LOAN FROM THE NATIONAL GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM
    Two figures on loan from the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
    2:00 p.m. the 27th until 8:00 p.m. on the 28th
    Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, CE First Floor, Annandale Campus
  • FEB. 28: FREE SOUL FOOD DINNER
    Recognition of Fairfax County Police Officers, Presentation: Unsung Heroes
    Speaker: Jon Wilson, deputy director, The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center Forum, Annandale Campus

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