By: Olivia Bradley
Chattanooga—(UTC/The Loop) New Multicultural Student Center showcases Black History month events for students.
One group on campus has been an integral part of multiple functions revolving around Black History month. The Multicultural Center has promoted over a dozen events for nearly every day of February. This center has worked in conjunction with other groups including Greek organizations as well as ACE and The UTC chapter of NAACP.
The Multicultural Center is located on the third floor of the university center in a room that was once empty. January 30, 2009 was the opening of the now one-year-old center. According to UTC’s website Chancellor Roger Brown quoted Margaret Mead stating at that time, “If we are to achieve a richer culture, rick in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”
After their opening, the Multicultural Center has developed events during black history month that catered to different students on campus. Some events were specifically for women such as “Girl Talk Womanhood: Do we fit the description of a Queen” which discussed issues of life as a woman today. February 15 was dedicated to the Lady Mocs as a “Celebration of African-American females contributions to sports program.” This was a party with pizza drinks, and giveaways for students in attendance.
The Multicultural Center also incorporated the arts into their Black History month celebration. Actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta performed “The World is my Home-The Life of Paul Roberson on Feb. 1. This was followed by events such as a jazz and poetry night as well a screening of the film “School Daze”.
The final event being hosted by the Multicultural Center is the Black History Month Awards Show and Dance. The $5 dance benefits Haitian relief and is a semi-formal event that will feature a photographer and red carpet. Graduate assistant Kristopher Davis of Memphis Tenn. says,“The purpose of this event is to teach students about the accomplishments of noted African Americans such as Alvin Ailey, Madam C.J. Walker, and Booker T. Washington just to name a few,” Davis continues, “But to also acknowledge students as well as student groups for their accomplishments and contributions to the UTC campus and Chattanooga community as well.”
Davis considered more than one event to be rather successful for the Multicultural Student Center. “We hosted Jazz and Poetry Night featuring Rhyme N Chat and the UTC Performance Theatre Society that packed the Multicultural Center. Davis stated he also was proud of the Celebration African American Females and Males Contributions to Athletics. “These were two separate events, but each one allowed students to learn about our African American athletes in all sports. Some of the athletes had an opportunity to come over and meet with students and take pictures,” said Davis.
Another event that incorporates UTC students during Black History month is the 6th annual step show. This is a showcase of Greek and Non-Greek steppers competing for cash prize Feb. 27 in the Memorial Auditorium. This event is open to the general public and is hosted by comedian Lil Duval.
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