UTC Black History Month Events

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In a month of events to celebrate Black History Month at UTC, highlights include a concert, a lecture about the first black congresswoman, Shirley Chisolm, and the showing of a local civil rights documentary.

Marian Anderson String Quartet performs Friday, Feb. 21  

The award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet will conduct a musical residency in Chattanooga from Feb. 20-22 and will perform a concert on Friday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall at UTC.  This event is open to the public; admission will be $5 per person.

Additionally, the Marian Anderson String Quartet will offer programs and a master-class at local public schools, as well as a session in which the Quartet will play through and critique new music written by young composers from across the Southeast. This residency is supported financially by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the UTC Office for Equity and Diversity, and the Ruth S. Holmberg Chair in American Music. Read more at www.utc.edu/music, or call 425-4679. 

This acclaimed quartet is the first African-American classical music ensemble to win an international competition. Dr. Jonathan McNair and the UTC Music Department, in collaboration with the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, will host the four accomplished musicians. 

See a documentary about Civil Rights leaders in Chattanooga Feb. 24

Civil rights leaders in Chattanooga will be prominently featured in the documentary  9 United for Equality: Reflections on the Struggle of Civil Rights in Chattanooga,  to be shown Monday, Feb. 24, 5:15 p.m., in the UTC University Center Auditorium.  The documentary video will run 45 minutes; a reception will follow.  This event is free and open to the public.

UTC partnered with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission to create the video, made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the THRC.

Calendar:  Black History Month at UTC
All the following events are free and open to the public:

Feb. 3
2-4 p.m. Movie Monday: A Prince Among Slaves at the Multicultural Center, University Center

Feb. 4
3 p.m. Black History Month Photo Scavenger Hunt, meet at the Multicultural Center

Feb. 6
8 p.m. Open Mic Night:  This I Believe, Multicultural Center, University Center

Feb. 10-13
12-2 p.m. Black History Month Trivia Game, University Center Lobby, sponsored by Black Student Alliance

Feb. 10
4:30 p.m. Movie Monday: Love and Basketball & Pregame Rally, Multicultural Center, University Center
7 p.m.  Lady Mocs Game

Feb. 11
8 p.m. Agape Café & Open Mic, Multicultural Center, University Center

Feb. 13
6 p.m. The UTC Department of History is hosting its 2014 Black History Month Lecture in the University Center’s Raccoon Mountain Room.  Dr. Anastasia Curwood of Emory University will deliver a lecture entitled “Between Race and Nation: Shirley Chisholm and National Politics.”  
Co-sponsors include UTC’s Speakers and Special Events Committee, Honors College, Women’s Studies Program, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.  For questions or further information, please contact lecture organizer Dr. William Kuby at William-Kuby@utc.edu or 425-5314.  Attendees in need of accommodations are invited to contact UTC’s Disability Resource Center at 425-4006.

According to her website, Dr. Curwood is a Visiting Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Race and Difference at Emory University.  She specializes in the history of African-American women, gender, and sexuality, the black family, and African-American intellectual, political, and cultural history in the twentieth century.  Stormy Weather: New Negro Marriages Between the Two World Wars (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) is her first book.  It focuses on cultural and social contests over African-Americans’ marriages in the early twentieth century.  Her second book Aim High: The Life and Times of Shirley Chisholm, is underway and under contract with University of North Carolina Press. 

She is the recipient of the 2008-2009 Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Feb. 15
6 p.m. L.H. Mason Singers Heart of Worship Concert, location to be announced

Feb. 17
7 p.m. Movie Monday:  The Butler, Multicultural Center

Feb. 18
8 p.m. Black History Month Knowledge Bowl Multicultural Center

Feb. 20
12-2 p.m. Black Student Alliance: I Have a Dream Project, University Center Lobby
3 p.m. Marion Anderson String Quartet Reception, Multicultural Center, University Center
8 p.m. Gentlemen’s Night: Gentlewoman: Etiquette for a Lady from a Gentleman, Tennessee Room, University Center

Feb. 24
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “State of Human Rights in Chattanooga” Hearings, Chattanooga Room, University Center
12 p.m. Fish and Spaghetti Movie Monday: Roads to Memphis, Multicultural Center
5:15 p.m. 9 United for Equality Civil Rights in Chattanooga Documentary, University Center Auditorium

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