In a month of exciting events to celebrate Black History Month at UTC, be sure to attend a special concert and the showing of a local civil rights documentary.

Marian Anderson String Quartet performs Friday, February 21

Marian Anderson String Quartet

Marian Anderson String Quartet

The award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet will conduct a musical residency in Chattanooga from February 20-22 and will perform a concert on Friday, February 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, or call 423-425-4679.

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 February 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, February 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.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga partnered with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC) to create the video, made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the THRC.

Black History Month at UTC

All events are free and open to the public:

February 3

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

February 4

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

February 6

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

February 10-13

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

February 10

4:30 p.m. Movie Monday: Love and Basketball & Pregame Rally, Multicultural Center, University Center

7 p.m.  Women’s Basketball Game

February 11

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

February 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 or 423-425-5314.  Attendees in need of accommodations are invited to contact UTC’s Disability Resource Center at 423-425-4006.

According to her website, 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.

February 15

6 p.m. L.H. Mason Singers Heart of Worship Concert,  The Hub, 650 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga *This event has been cancelled.

February 17

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

February 18

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

February 20

12 noon-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

February 24

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “State of Human Rights in Chattanooga” Hearings, Chattanooga Room, University Center

12 noon 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

Media Relations Contacts: Email Chuck Cantrell or call (423) 425-4363.
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