Black Heroines for Justice: 1980s Terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan in Chattanooga and the Women Who Stood Against Them 

When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20

Where: Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 East Martin Luther King Blvd.

 What: Randolph M. McLaughlin, author of Racially-Motivated Violence:  Litigation Strategies, will discuss his use of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 to sue the Justice Knights of the Ku Klux Klan for shooting five black women in Chattanooga while they walked home in 1980. The plaintiffs won  $535,000 in damages and an injunction against the Klan prohibiting the group from engaging in violence and from entering the black community.


The Streets Have Eyes: An Examination of Police Brutality through Hip-Hop 

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20

Where: Multicultural Center, University Center

What: An examination on how hip-hop artists portray police brutality in their music, including uncensored audio clips from various songs which discuss police brutality. Event will include reactions, responses and discussions from the audience. Free food provided.


The 14th Amendment: All a’Cryin

When: 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24

Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.

What: Free screening of a short film created to recognize the violence against African Americans by authorities.


UTC Night at Hamilton Skate Place

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26

Where: Hamilton Skate Place, 7414 Goodwin Road.

What: Enjoy a night of skating, music, and games with fellow UTC students.


Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels  

When: 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28

Where: UC Chattanooga Rooms A, B, & C, University Center

What: Traveling museum showcases a collection of art, collectibles and memorabilia from the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Africa and Europe.


Black History Month 2020 Sponsors

  • UTC Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • 6th Cavalry Museum
  • Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
  • CempaCommunity Care
  • Center for Career and Leadership Development
  • Center for Student Wellbeing
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Political Science and Public Service
  • Department of Social, Cultural and Justice Studies
  • Department of English
  • Gary W. Rollins College of Business
  • Department of Health and Human Performance
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Hunter Museum of American Art
  • Office of Development and Alumni Affairs
  • Office of Equity and Inclusion
  • Office of Student and Family Engagement
  • The Bessie Smith Cultural Center
  • Department of History and Africana Studies
  • UTC Counseling Center
  • UTC Honors College
  • UTC Library Special Collections
  • UTC TV Production
  • WJTT-FM/Power 94



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