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Upcoming Event

The Gloucester Institute's Black History Month Writing Competition

UPDATE: The Gloucester Institute's Black History Month Program has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather!

Open to high school students throughout the Commonwealth, The Gloucester Institute's writing competition explores the contributions of Dr. Robert Russa Moton to the advancement of civil discourse in America. All interested students are encouraged to submit their essays according to the following guidelines:


Topic: What were the roles of Dr. Robert Russa Moton and Holly Knoll to the improvement of race relations in America?

Rules: The essay must not exceed 250 words.

The essay must be typed in size 12 Times New Roman font.

The essay must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and must include the student’s name, school, grade, and aspirations.

The deadline is Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8PM EST.


The essay winner will receive a cash prize! He or she will also present the winning essay during The Gloucester Institute's Black History Program, which will take place on February 28, 2015 from 2PM to 4PM on the Moton Campus at Holly Knoll.

A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” is the national Black History Month theme for 2015. National celebrations are planned during the month of February to promote greater knowledge of African American history through education and research programs.

Meet the 2015 Emerging Leaders

Sydney Bland is a sophomore journalism major and psychology minor at Hampton University. She is a student in the university’s Freddye T. Davy Honors College and holds the 2014-2015 title of Miss National Association of African American Honors Programs. She is a writer/producer for WHOV-TV News, and Social Media Coordinator for Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey. Sydney is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, National Association of Black Journalists and a tutor with Academic Tutorial Outreach Services, Inc.

Justin Bush is a Hampton University graduating senior focusing in accounting. He is a member of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College program and the Treasurer of the Hampton Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. On campus Justin is involved with the Boys2Men program which helps to prepare young boys to become productive citizens by instilling in them positive spiritual, cultural, educational, vocational, and social values. He also volunteers at the Child Development Center located on the campus once a week.

London Coleman-Williams is a junior strategic communications major and leadership studies minor at Hampton University. She is a member of both the Freddye T. Davy Honors College and the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, where she serves as the Public Relations and Marketing Chair of the William R. Harvey L.E.A.D. Committee, an organization devoted to community service and the development of future leaders. She also serves as the Vice President of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and is a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha Honors Society. She currently works at G.E. Marketing as the SEO Director, where she handles all social media accounts for the entire company, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. London serves as the 2014-2015 Vice President of the Gloucester Emerging Leaders Program.

Mary Hamilton is a senior majoring in business management at Virginia State University. She will receive a bachelor of science in business in May of 2015, and plans to attend graduate school to earn a master of business administration.

Malik Jones is a sophomore print journalism major attending Hampton University. Malik is a member of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College and a Youth Hope Builders Academy Graduate and Mentor. He is also a member of the Academic Tutoring Outreach Services, Inc. (ATOS), the Support Black Colleges and Universities program, and the Men of Strength organization, as well as a Staff Writer for the Opinions and Arts & Entertainment sections of the Hampton Script newspaper.

Renovations Are Well Under Way At the Moton Campus


Empty Dorm Room: Following renovations, our dorm rooms were completely bare.






The Emerging Leaders Program



This exciting program strengthens students’ core writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. Emerging Leaders are engaged in unique learning and mentoring opportunities that correspond to their interests and foster personal development. Students gain valuable insight into corporate, public, political, and nonprofit worlds through exposure to new ideas, fascinating places, and dynamic established leaders. Unlike many leadership programs, Emerging Leader Program services are free to participants and there is no cost to apply. 

Emerging Leaders are highly motivated African-American and Latino undergraduates. These students possess undeniable leadership potential which is typically demonstrated in their moral character, extracurricular activities, and the respect earned from their peers, faculty, and community. Emerging Leaders have at least a 3.0 grade point average and must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors at a fully accredited college or university in Virginia.

Students come away from the Emerging Leaders Program with knowledge and skills that are both relevant and beneficial to their career journey, and that add value to the scholarly community. As a result, the Emerging Leaders Program has helped to prepare students to pursue and compete at some of the nation’s top graduate school programs, which include the Masters program in economics at Georgetown University, the PhD program in psychology at UC Berkley, the Masters program in theology at Princeton University, and the MBA and MD programs in medicine at Harvard University. Our students also gain employment at top businesses and firms such as Amerigroup, Verizon, Prudential Financial, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marriott Corporate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Teach for America.

-  U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott
-  Former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts
-  Governor of Virginia Robert McDonnell
-  Chairman of Omniplex and President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Julien Patterson
-  United States Federal Court of Appeals Judge Janice Rogers Brown
-  Former Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Ph.D
-  President of Verizon Virginia Robert Wolftz
-  Editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Glenn Proctor
-  CEO of Popeyes, Cheryl Bachelder
-  Author Daniel Black, Perfect Peace and They Tell Me of a Home
America's Future - TGI Video

A rendering of the completed Holly Knoll CampusLearn more about The Gloucester Institute and why our work is so important to America's future in this short video featuring Kay Coles James. 


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