Virginia Untold

Virginia Untold: the african american narrative

Through The Library of Virginia, a collection of primary narratives from African-American voices has been digitized and formed into:

Virginia Untold: the African American Narrative Digital Collection 

From here, readers can find firsthand accounts from free or enslaved persons, images, as well as official government documents. Through the compilation of these records, the story of free and/or enslaved people’s lives are able to be remembered but it is through their own writings and words that they are able to take back the narrative as their own.


The Annandale Campus Lyceum Committee Present the 2020 Black History Month Lyceum Speech “Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative Digital Collection” Meet Gregory Crawford, local records program manager from the Library of Virginia who will present his highly sought after work on Virginia Untold.
Date:  Wednesday, February 12
Time:  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Location:  Annandale Campus, Ernst Center Forum
*If you are unable to make the event, come by the Annandale Library to view the Virginia Untold display and peruse the database!

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Important Deadlines This Week!

Today at 11:59PM is the deadline to register to vote in the March 3rd primary.
Follow the link to register or check your status:
Remember that you MUST bring Photo ID with you in order to vote!

Due Today
Deadline to Register to vote is due February 10, 2020

NVCC still has 90 scholarships available! Apply by this Friday (2/14).
The register has various scholarships geared towards those who are single parents, STEM track, welders, Administration of Justice track, and students who are re-entering the workforce, in addition to numerous other opportunities.

To view the full scholarship database, go to

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Applications due 2/24/20



National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. While slavery may seem like a dark and distant time in our history, slavery still happens all over the world, even in the United States, while many people are unaware. In fact, over 40 million people are enslaved around the world, according to UN News.  According to the United Nations, modern slavery “is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking.”

These horrible acts need to be stopped, which is why in January many try to raise their voices and bring awareness. As Obama said in his Presidential Proclamation in 2016, “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we resolve to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others.”

What can we do to bring about change to this significant problem?

First, we ourselves need to be informed of the reality of modern day slavery. Some resources include organizations like the End It Movement and Hope for Justice, or for a more in depth look, there is a fact sheet of external resources compiled by NCTSN.

Second, we should raise our voices and try to bring awareness so our friends, classmates, co-workers and colleagues can also be informed.

Finally, we need to keep our eyes open to our own safety and the safety of those around us. You may have heard the mantra, “See Something, Say Something” and this is extremely important! Do you know about the college safety resources available to you at NOVA? Your safety is a priority, so please use these resources and encourage others to do the same. Toward the end of his Proclamation, Obama reminded us that “We must always remember that our freedom is bound to the freedom of others.”

The Original Nighthawks

Did You Know:

Before these Nighthawks,

nova nighthawks logo
Northern Virginia Community College mascot Nighthawks logo 

there were these Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, 1942.

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Edward Hopper: Nighthawks. oil on canvas, 1942.

Until Feb. 23, 2020 the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond has an exhibit “Edward Hopper and the American Hotel.”

If you can’t make the exhibit, check out more of Edward Hopper’s works through NOVA’s online databases: Britannica Imagequest or ArtStor

Unveiling of the Yarn Stormed Library Chair!

Throughout the Fall 2019 semester, students, faculty, and staff knitted and crocheted 6×6 inch squares. Some were experienced needle workers, while others had never attempted it in their lives.

United by yarn, there was one goal in mind: To yarn storm the library and cover a chair with our own, unique patchwork. On Thursday, December 12, we unveiled the finished chair!

For some, knitting this semester served as a much-needed reprieve from studies. Others used it as an opportunity to learn a new skill. 

There’s a life lesson that can be learned from these little knit patches. One square can’t cover a chair on its own, and yet, when people come together, contributing their time and effort, even if they just make one square, something beautiful can be created. 

Next time you stop by the library, take a seat and admire the handiwork!