African-American Achievement News

50th Anniversary Gala Showcases Original Talent

Last week’s 50th Anniversary of African American Achievement gala was a showcase of original talent. The program looked at the university’s history since the 1950s with pieces created specifically for the event, including videos, vocal performances, a theatrical performance, and a spoken word performance. Capped off by an original arrangement of UT’s Alma Mater, the gala was a tribute to UT’s past, present and future.

Take a Break and Explore UT’s History

What role did UT President Andy Holt play in fully integrating the university? Take some time out of your busy day to learn more about the years leading up to desegregation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

UT Life of the Mind Panel Discussion Looks at Minority Achievement

In recognition of the University of Tennessee’s fiftieth anniversary of undergraduate integration, the Life of the Mind panel discussion to be held Tuesday, September 20, will focus on “The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks: A Celebration of Fifty Years of African American and Minority Achievement.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.in the University Center auditorium.

UT Library to Host African-American Achievement Showcase

Music, 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.

UT Law Raises Money for Diversity Scholarship

The UT Knoxville College of Law raised nearly $7,000 for the Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Fund at the 11th annual Blackshear Gala on Saturday, March 5. The scholarship, named for the college’s third African-American graduate, helps recruit and retain outstanding African-American students. The College of Law also honored its first African American graduate, R.B.J. Campbelle Jr., with a posthumous award for his exemplary service to equity and justice.

ESPN Documentary on UT’s Condredge Holloway Premieres Sunday

Condredge Holloway, former Vols quarterback and current UT associate athletics director, broke racial barriers when he was named the first African-American quarterback in the Southeastern Conference in 1971. “The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story,” a documentary chronicling Holloway’s story, will premier Sunday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The documentary was produced and narrated by country music star and lifelong UT fan, Kenny Chesney.

Theotis Robinson Remembers His Journey to UT

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members marched from UT Knoxville’s Torchbearer statue to the University Center to mark the 50th anniversary of African-American undergraduate students being admitted to the university. Theotis Robinson spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about his journey from being declined admission to UT, to being one of the first three African-American students admitted.