Soul food, movies and lively discussions are just a few highlights from the month of events planned by organizations across campus to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans and recognize their central role in U.S. History. Mark your calendars now and continue to check back for more information about Black History Month at UTC.

 

Week 1

 

What: Black History Month Kickoff

Details: Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and start Black History Month by wearing all black to represent solidarity and empowerment.

When: 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1

Where: Multicultural Center, University Center

Admission: Free and open to the public.

 

What: The Mainstage: Open Mic Night

Details: A night of creativity takes the stage as poets, singers/songwriters, rappers and karaoke enthusiasts share their talents.

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1

Where: Multicultural Center, University Center

Admission: Free and open to the public.

 

What: Circle K & BSA Present “Feed the Need”

Details: UTC Circle K International and The Black Student Alliance collaborate with a service project providing meals for the homeless.

When: 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: The House, 6500 McCallie Ave.

 

What: Adjust Your Crown

Details: The UTC Honors College presents a discussion on the history and importance of advocating for others. Among those attending are Daphne Lee, Miss Black USA 2017, and Kalah Vance, UTC Honors College Brock Scholar and Homecoming Queen.

When: 5-6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5

Where: Derthick Hall, Room 201

Admission: Free and open to the public

 

What: InterVarsity Presents: From African Kings to 21 Savage Series

Details: A discussion-based series about the progression of black culture and what it meant to be black throughout the eras.

When: 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6

Where: Signal Mountain Room, University Center

 

What: Ed Johnson Project Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Details: In 1906, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of Ed Johnson, who had been unjustly convicted of raping a white woman. A mob took him from his strangely unlocked jail cell and lynched him on Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge. The documentary screening, sponsored by the UTC Library and Department of History, will explore the criminalization and media representation of African-American men using Johnson’s story as a case study. Faculty from UTC’s Department of History and members of the Ed Johnson Project host a panel discussion following the screening. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: 3:15-5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8

Where: UTC Library Southern Writers Room

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Information: Learn more about the Ed Johnson Project online.

 

What: “Martin Luther King Jr.: A Personal Portrait”

Details: Join cinematographer George Silano for a screening and discussion of the documentary he filmed and directed at Dr. King’s home in 1965.  It wasn’t screened publicly until 2013 after Silano tracked down the missing film. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity.

When: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8

Where: University Center Auditorium

Admission: Free and open to the public

 

What: CAB and BSA Movie Night Presents: “Detroit”

Details: “Detroit” centers on the riots and civil unrest that tore apart the city in 1967. Popcorn and drinks available.

When: 8-10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8

Where: Multicultural Center, University Center

Admission: Free to all students.

 

What: Injustice in the Prison Industrial Complex

Details: Ramona Brant was granted clemency by President Barack Obama after serving 21 years in prison for a crime committed by the father of her children. Brant will share her story, discuss minimum sentencing policies and other issues in the prison system.

When: 5-6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9

Where: Derthick Hall Room 101

Admission: Free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Hope House and co-sponsored by the Honors Collage. For additional information regarding this BHM event, please contact Rev. Tricia Dillon Thomas at revtdt@gmail.com or Adeola Ijiyode at bnv378@mocs.utc.edu 

 

Week 2

 

What:  Painting Express with Maya Monet

Details: Learn how to paint step-by-step with Painting Express.

When: 7-10 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12

Where: Multicultural Center, University Center

Admission: This event is free, but seats are limited and reservations are required. Reserve a spot via MocSync.

Information: Reserve a spot here.

 

What: InterVarsity Presents: From African Kings to 21 Savage Series

Details: A discussion-based series about the progression of black culture and what it meant to be black throughout the eras.

When: 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13

Where: Signal Mountain Room, University Center

 

What: African Dance Class

Details:  Kofi Mawuko, a native of Ghana, West Africa, and his wife, Rebekah, will teach a traditional African Dance and Drum Class.

When: 8:30-10 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13

Where: Aquatic Recreation Center Large Aerobics Room

Admission: The event is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot via MocSync.

Information: Reserve a spot here.

 

What: Reel to Real Movie Night: “Paris is Burning”

Details: The 1990 documentary is an intimate portrait of 1980s Harlem drag balls: a world of fierce competition, sustenance and survival. It won The Sundance Festival Grand Jury Prize.

 When: 8-10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15

Where: Multicultural Center, University Center

Admission: Free and open to the public.

 

What: Empowered Entrepreneurs: Inspiration for the Next Generation

Details:  A discussion with black leaders who have launched successful businesses. Panelists will talk about their inspiration, mentors, challenges and how perseverance led them to success.

When: 3-4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16

Where: Raccoon Mountain Room, University Center

Admission: Free for students, faculty and staff.

 

Week 3

 

What: Beat the Pipeline

Details: Explore mass incarceration through the school-to-prison pipeline and discuss Chattanooga-area schools susceptible to the pipeline.

When: 7:30-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19

Where: Multicultural Center, University Center

 

What: From Mo Problems to Mo Money: A Personal Playbook for Financial Literacy and Accountability

Details: Learn to take financial well-being into your own hands and develop a personal playbook to be financially successful. Refreshments will be provided.

When: 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20

Where: Chickamauga Room, University Center

 

What: InterVarsity Presents: From African Kings to 21 Savage Series

Details: A discussion-based series about the progression of black culture and what it meant to be black throughout the eras.

When: 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20

Where: Signal Mountain Room, University Center

 

What: What’s Real Diversity Dialogue: Chat about UTChatt

Details: Diversity discussion on how to work together to move forward as a UTC community.

When: 8-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20

Where: Multicultural Center, University Center

 

What: Etiquette for the Soul

Details: Enjoy soul food and learn proper etiquette techniques with the Eta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and the Theta Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Discussions explore the history of soul food and its relationship with the African-American community.

When: 8:30-10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21

Where: Tennessee Room, University Center

 

What: “Black Panther”

Details: New movie based on the Marvel Comics superhero. After the events of Captain America: Civil War and the death of his father, King T’Challa of Wakanda returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to take his rightful place as king. Things don’t go as planned.

When: Thursday, Feb. 22

Where: AMC Majestic 12, 311 Broad St.

Admission:  Free for students only. Limited seating. RSVP via MocSync.

 

What: Real Talk with Theta Rho: African-American Crime Story

Details: The Theta Rho chapter of Delta Sigma Theta continues its monthly series with “Past vs. Present Court Cases, Systematical Incrimination and Expungement.”

When: 8-10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22

Where: Multicultural Center, University Center

 

Week 4

 

What: Black Issues Summit

Details: Black Issues Summit is a day-long conference to provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue about pertinent issues affecting the Black community. This year’s theme is “Privilege, Power & Progress. Through discussions, panels, workshops, Ted Talks, and a keynote address, the Black Issues Summit seeks to bring UTC students, faculty and staff together to learn from each other and address how we can come together as a UTC community.

When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: University Center Rooms

Admission: Free and open to the public.

 

What: Between the University and Me: A Panel Discussion on UTC’s Role in Black History

Details: An interactive discussion and Q&A on whether the black community is encouraged to attend UTC and supported towards successful graduation? A panel of university professors and community representatives discuss UTC’s role in teaching and preserving black history, as well as supporting black students and black culture on campus and in the local community.

When: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27

Where: UTC Library Southern Writers Room

 

What: It’s OK Day RHA

Details: OK Day or Open Konnection Day is a day that RHA welcomes students to share what makes them diverse on campus. Come to the UC and tell us what makes you unique. Fill in the blank on the statement, “It’s ok to be________ at UTC ” and take a picture and receive a free t-shirt!

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,

Where: University Center Lobby