The UT Board of Trustees approved a proposal today to rename a popular student programming and support building for UT Knoxville alumni Ron and Don Frieson. The building previously known as the Black Cultural Center, on Melrose Avenue on the Knoxville campus, is now named the Frieson (fry-son) Black Cultural Center.
Black Cultural Center News
Neurosurgery pioneer Dr. Ben Carson will speak at UT Knoxville on Monday, Oct. 11, to kick off the sixth annual Legends Lecture Series, a signature program of the Black Cultural Programming Committee designed to honor successful African-Americans who have made significant contributions to society.
Judge and author Glenda Hatchett will deliver the keynote address at the Multi-Cultural Graduation Celebration on Saturday, April 24, at UT Knoxville. Doors open at 4 p.m. at the University Center Auditorium. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to UT students and the Knoxville community.
The fifth annual Black Issues Conference, titled “Black in America: How Far We Have Come…Yet, So Far to Go,” will come to UT Knoxville this Saturday, Feb. 6. The event, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University Center, offers a forum for research and a discussion of matters affecting the African-American culture.
Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile will speak on a range of topics from her unique political experiences to her take on the current state of U.S. politics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Monday, Oct. 19.
Dancers from the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will make their mark on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus on Monday, Oct. 12, with the Ailey II Experience. The performance takes place at 7 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Tickets are available through UT’s Central Ticket Office. The event is free to UT students with a valid student ID. Tickets for UT faculty and staff are $10 with a UT ID. General admission tickets are $15. Parking is available in the University Center garage for $1 per half hour.
American film director, producer, writer and actor Shelton Jackson, aka Spike Lee, will visit the UT Knoxville campus next week as part of the university’s Legends Lecture Series. Lee will give his lecture, “America Through My Lens,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public, and parking will be available in Staff Lot 9, along Phillip Fulmer Way.
Jocelyn Milton, associate director of UT’s Minority Student Affairs Office and the Black Cultural Center, died July 30, 2009, at UT Medical Center.