UTC To Celebrate Black History All Month

By: Robresha Jackson

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) – One realm of American history that absolutely cannot be denied is that of African Americans.

The contributions that African Americans have made to this country entails a story full of tribulations and triumphs that we have all learned about one way or another throughout our school years. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is continuing to share the story by paying homage and celebrating Black History Month for the entire month of February on campus.

The events are a product of UTC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs paring with numerous businesses, clubs, and organizations throughout the Chattanooga area in order to continue their promotion of diversity and cultural awareness on campus.

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Student from last year’s play “Our Story: Diaspora”
Photo courtesy of UTC

Just about every day of the month there will be an event either on or off-campus that represents some form of African American culture. These events range from poetry/open mic night, to movie night, and a stage play. Senior Edwina Calloway, who attended last year’s play “Our Story: Diaspora” says she is looking forward to seeing what students have put together this year.

“It is written by students for students. The play I attended last year was really good so I can’t wait for this years’,” she said.

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Marian Anderson String Quartet
Photo courtesy of UTC

Another one of the most anticipated events of the month is the appearance of the award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet who will conduct a musical residency in the city.

  • They will perform a concert on Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall at UTC.
  • The event will be open to the public with a $5 admission charge per person.
  • More information on this particular event can be found here
  • See a live performance of the Quartet in the video below.

In the midst of the excitement surrounding these events, Senior Jasmine Ray feels that Black History Month isn’t as emphasized on the college level as it was in her former years, but hopes that everyone is still able to see the bigger picture.

“I hope that the events remind everyone that ‘Black History’ is a part of everyday living and not just the month of February,” Ray said.

See the full calendar of events here

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