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.
African-American Achievement News
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.
Nearly 900 people gathered Friday night to celebrate fifty years of African American achievement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The event was part of UT’s year-long celebration commemorating the first black undergraduates to enroll in the university.
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.
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.
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.
UT Knoxville is celebrating 50 years of African-American achievement in 2011. The planning committee is soliciting items or information from faculty and staff related to African-American achievement in your department or unit.
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.
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.
More than 500 UT Knoxville alumni, students, trustees, faculty and staff marched through campus and filled the University Center auditorium on Tuesday for a program celebrating 50 years of African-American achievement. The event kicks off an entire year of celebration.