UT Library to Host African-American Achievement Showcase

50th Anniversary of African-American AchievementMusic, poetry, and displays will be part of a September 8 commemoration of the achievements of the University of Tennessee’s African-American students and faculty.

The UT Libraries will host the 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. event in the John C. Hodges Library. It is part of the university’s yearlong celebration honoring the first African-American undergraduate students at UT Knoxville.

Events will include spoken-word and step-dancing performances, information booths, and a broadcast by WUTK Radio. Student-created videos on the topic of “civility” will be screened in the Mary E. Greer Room. Special Collections will feature a display of materials from the University Archives that chronicle milestones in the desegregation of the campus.

This semester’s “Culture Corner” showcases titles from the Libraries’ collection relating to the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

That evening, the film Miss Evers’ Boys will be screened in the Hodges Library at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The movie is based on the true story of the US government’s 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis experiments on African-Americans.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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