February will be a busy month for Tennessee Tech University's Minority Affairs Office as it showcases events for Black History Month.
Black History Month is jumpstarted by the six-part film series "Roots," which tells the story of African-American life based on Alex Haley's family history, featuring notable events in U.S. history such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and emancipation. The series continues at 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 10, 17, and 24, in Room 110, Volpe Library Media Center. The installments to be shown at TTU are from the 1977 TV series. The film series is being brought to campus by the Volpe Library and Media Center; Minority Affairs; the Commission on the Status of Blacks; and the TTU history department.
"My hope for this year's Black History Month is that the TTU family and Cookeville community would take advantage of all of the great activities that we've planned in an effort to come together to reflect on and celebrate the lives of black people and their positive contribution to this country," said Robert Owens, director of Minority Affairs.
TTU welcomes independent theater stage actor Cedric Liqueur of London, England, on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 for an event titled "Two Nights One Man." Liqueur will present a one-man theatrical production depicting the lives of Buffalo Solider George Jordan of the 9th Calvary on Monday night and Major League Baseball player Leroy "Satchel" Paige on Tuesday night. Both productions will be held at 6 p.m. in the Backdoor Playhouse. Light refreshments will be served.
Black women will be honored Friday, Feb. 25, at the "Black Girls Rock" event, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Roaden University Center's Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center. The event is open to women only.
The annual Malcolm Moya Gospel Extravaganza hosted by TTU's Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Trinity Baptist Church will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20, in the RUC's Multipurpose Room.
The annual soul food dinner is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in RUC's Multipurpose Room. The menu features foods commonly referred to as "soul food," such as: turnip greens, green beans, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, pork chops, and sweet potato pie.
For more information about any of these events, contact TTU's Minority Affairs Office, 931-372-3392.