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The Department of History at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is excited to announce its 3rd annual African American History event, to be held on Tuesday, May 10, from 6:00-7:30pm at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center (http://www.bessiesmithcc.org/). Against the backdrop of the Bessie’s new exhibit on “Negro League Baseball in Chattanooga,” a panel of community participants (listed below) will engage in a candid but constructive discussion about the relationships – past, present, and future – among the Lincoln Park, Warner Park, Engel Stadium, and UTC communities. Moderated by UTC History professor William Kuby, this event will probe matters of race, class, and power relations, historical actions and memory, and the use of and access to recreational spaces in these adjacent but oftentimes detached neighborhoods. Ideally such conversations will offer possible paths forward for historical recognition and reconciliation, and for future community collaboration. This event is free and open to the public, and there will be ample time for audience questions and comments. The panel organizer can be contacted at Michael-D-Thompson@utc.edu or 423-425-4565. 


Panel Participants:
Becky Browder – Engel Foundation
Richard Brown – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Vannice Hughley – Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
Irvin Overton – Erlanger Hospital (retired)
Reuben Taylor – Hamilton County Attorney
Clark White – Blue Impresario and Public Intellectual
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