PDCCC hosts Black History Program at the Workforce Development Center

In honor of Black History Month, Paul D. Camp Community College’s Student Government Association will present “The Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation on the Region and the Emergence of the Schools,” on Monday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Technology Theater at the Regional Workforce Development Center.


The program will be led by guest lecturer Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, professor of history at Norfolk State University.


Also an author, Newby-Alexander’s books include “Black America Series: Portsmouth,” “Hampton Roads: Remembering Our Schools,” “Voices from within the Veil: African Americans and the Experience of Democracy,” and “An African American History of the Civil War in Hampton Roads.” She has co-authored a book on the history of blacks in Norfolk, which is due to be published soon, and has authored many publications about Hampton Roads and the Underground Railroad, Portsmouth’s black history and the history of public schools in Hampton Roads.


She serves as director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for the African Diaspora at NSU and has directed three primary conferences that have brought history the general public. Newby-Alexander serves on numerous boards and commissions in the state, as well as a community facilitator for, “Remembering Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom” project, Institute for Historical Biology, the College of William & Mary. She is a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities and for the Underground Railroad; a script writer for Obsidian Productions LLC for the Moton Museum documentary on the student-led strike in 1951 that led to the Dorothy Davis vs. County School Board of Prince Edward case; and the oral historian for the Supreme Court of Virginia.


She earned the 2012 University Professor Award at NSU for her outstanding work in scholarship and community service and was recognized by American Legacy magazine for outstanding work in teaching African American history.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact MeChelle Blunt at mblunt@pdc.edu