Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero behind Hotel Rwanda, and Bree Newsome, the activist who removed the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House, are among the speakers who will be at UT during February to celebrate Black History Month. In addition to hosting well-known speakers, other events will celebrate African American music, international dance, and diversity in the workplace.
Black Cultural Programming Committee News
The University of Tennessee Black Cultural Programming Committee will host a Kwanzaa celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Black Cultural Center. Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture.
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.
Student organizations at UT Knoxville will commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 18, with a celebration titled Carrying On the Dream.
UT will “Rock ‘n’ Roll the Tigers!” during this year’s Homecoming festivities set for Nov. 1-8. From the traditional Friday afternoon parade to the pre-game Party in the Park, all members of the UT community can celebrate UT traditions at events for all ages. Homecoming’s anchor event will be the Volunteers’ football game against the Memphis Tigers at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.
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.