As a historically black learning institution, Norfolk State University teaches its history, including slavery, as they pursue career paths such as business, engineering and technology.
The school, founded in 1935, is putting the country's first masters program in cyber biology this year – which members of the faculty see as another tool in the Education Arsenal to teach American African students.
For students in the program, learning how to tackle cyber attacks will begin with an understanding of how psychological manipulation works, Cassandra Newby-Alexander, professor of history and deputy College of the Liberal Arts in Norfolk State, where the program is based. .
“Not everyone feels the same way,” said Newby-Alexander. “When thinking and designing ways to consolidate it, you need to have a proper understanding of the human dimension. It is not good to predict anyone who uses your fears, your hate. This level of manipulation remains constant in our society. ”
Knowing how to recognize and try to manipulate, together with a background in history, literature, art, music and science, allows pupils to understand their lives better and manipulate them. , Newby-Alexander said.
“Each of these different areas together teaches you how to be free as it gives you information in a wide range of areas… so that you can become a master of your own life. Otherwise, you are a cog in a wheel and you will handle it. ”
More than 400 years after the first Africans introduced in chains with Virginia now, Newby-Alexander emphasized his point about maintaining mental freedom as his students crossed in the Hampton Harbor fine arts program. Roads to visit Norfolk State, Hampton University competitiveness.
The last day of an exhibition in Hampton University Museum: “A Taste for Beautiful: The Impact of Africa on American Culture,” commemorates the landing of the First Africans at nearby Point Comfort. The two floors include a gallery at Hampton, founded in 1868, the oldest African-American museum in the country with one of the largest private collections.
Painting by Mozambican artist Malangatana Valente Ngwenya is the best piece with the Downey Dâs. She says she loves the texture and tones of the world and talks about the importance of understanding each artist's interpretation. Browsing on the exhibits, she accepted the things she intends to think about as she progresses around the world.
“One of the artist's objectives is to document what is going on,” said Downey. “A powerful and very strong history,” she says.
Newby-Alexander and Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, director of Hampton museum were appointed last year at Gov. Ralph Northam to help re-write African-American history as taught in Virginia public schools.
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Newby-Alexander says that the 21st century will be a "focus on history" that is similar to the informal photograph background. This, she said, will enable the country to start a clean slate in the 22nd century.
“If we were to slash the slaves almost as a thing; it was not people who brought technology and culture that affected everyone, then you will lose the whole story. ”
The Redemption Oak is huge, which has a history of slavery in its ancient ancient branches, becoming strongly off the ground on the Hampton University campus. It was under this oak that a free black woman, Mary Smith Peake, taught 20 black students in 1861 because of the laws of Virginia which prevented the education of birds. It was also here in 1863 that black, slaves and free people gathered for the first time to read the Redemption Proclamation in the South. (The nearby Fort Monroe was controlled by the Union throughout the Civl War, so the area provided refuge.) T
One of Newby-Alexander's historic contact points is a photograph of his office wall called “The Ancestors.” When she presented two years ago on the 1619 at Fort Monroe, a site of the National Parks Service where the First African site is landed, she received the photo as a gift.
“It is from the watch point out there overlooking the water body called Hampton Roads, looking out from Fort Monroe,” she says.
The faces of men, women and children in Africa are superimposed on the rocks and waters as a way of remembering those who came to the shores.
“When I saw him, tears came to my eyes,” says Newby-Alexander.
“If you take the whole story into account then you better understand what people are doing today,” Newby-Alexander said. “Our stories must change. The way we think of American origin must change. ”
“I hope that Virginia will again be a leader in reporting a much more accurate, fairer story about not only who we are but who we are. As a society and a nation. ”