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Howard High students enjoy H.H. Battle Mentors Day

Sixty students from Howard High School were paired with UTC students to celebrate H.H. Battle Mentors Day, sponsored by the Reverend Herman H. Battles Professorship in African-American Studies. Dr. Melissa U. Anyiwo holds the professorship; she was appointed in the fall of 2002.
Vanessa Moon, Antonio
Sutton, Brittney Douglas,
and Nakia Burton

Anyiwo specializes in African-American history, with a focus on African-American Women. Her interests lay in black culture and popular culture.

The intent behind the activities of Mentors Day is to demonstrate the diversity of the UTC campus and the importance of a college education while raising awareness about the possibilities of a college education among African-American high school students in the Chattanooga area.

Herman Prater
The late Reverend H.H. Battle was minister of First Baptist Church and a 19-year member of the Chattanooga Board of Education. Battle Academy, an elementary school that partners with the University at the corner of Main and Market Streets, is also named in his memory.

Mentors Day seeks to raise awareness about the possibilities of a college-education among African American high school students in the Chattanooga area.

Herman Prater enjoyed the day he spent on campus, attending classes and getting a taste of college life. Prater said he would like to attend UTC, and he wants to major in communication.

“The political science class with Dr. Sharon Hill was really good,” Prater said. “She talked about the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution.”

The Reverend Herman H. Battle Professorship is supported by an endowment fund established by donations from the local community. The Professorship seeks to advance the cause of higher education, particularly in the area of African-American history and culture.

March 18, 2005

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