BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a program on Thursday celebrating Black History Month. This year’s theme is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington,” which marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
The guest speaker for the program is James R. Mapp, noted civil rights pioneer and, at 85, the president of the Chattanooga chapter of the NAACP for the second time. The BlueCross Choir will also perform.
The event will be held at the BlueCross Corporate Campus (Community Room), 1 Cameron Hill Circle, from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
The purpose of the event is to honor the efforts of African-Americans to destroy slavery and inaugurate universal freedom in the United States as well as to provide an engaging opportunity for employees to learn about the country’s rich and diverse history.