"Appreciate the Struggle" Theme of TTU's Black History Month

During February, Tennessee Technological University will lead the community in a look back at a struggle and a look forward to the new millennium during Black History Month.

The month will be filled with entertaining and educational programming to fit the theme chosen by university students, "Appreciate the Struggle as You Find Your Place in the New Millennium."

"With a month full of activities, we are offering everyone the chance to schedule an activity or program into their busy lives," said Tammy Reynolds, director of the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center. "This is a celebration of the achievement of blacks as we face an exciting future."

The Black History Month calendar is highlighted by:

Ribbon Days, Mon.-Tues., Feb. 1-2 - Ribbon pins to be worn commemorating the month will be distributed on the University Center's ground floor.

Meet artist Sammy Nicely, Tues., Feb. 2 - Nicely's clay masks created from an ancient African and Native American pit-firing process will be on display in the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery. A reception will be held in the gallery at 11 a.m., followed by a lecture at 3 p.m. in the University Center's Multipurpose Room.

"Spirit of Success" Workshop and Apartheid discussion, Thurs., Feb. 4 - Former TTU political science professor Margaret Lee, currently a visiting professor at Georgetown University, will conduct a motivational workshop at 3 p.m. in the University Center's Alumni Lounge. At 6 p.m. she will present a slide show in the Multipurpose Room, followed by a question and answer session.

Laughs with Sheryl Underwood, Tues., Feb. 9 - Black Entertainment Television's 1994 Funniest Female Comedian will present a comedy show at 8 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium. Free admission.

"At the River I Stand," Thurs., Feb. 11 - The one-hour documentary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike will be shown University Center's OVC Room at 7 p.m. Free admission.

Bruce Jacobs/Poetry, Fri., Feb. 12 - Author Bruce Jacobs will discuss his new book, Race Manners, and share his poetry in a "coffeehouse" setting at 7 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center. An open poetry reading will follow. Free admission.

Gospel Extravaganza, Sat.-Sun., Feb. 20-21 - Area choirs will perform in the annual celebration of gospel music on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium. Free admission.

Soul Food Dinner, Mon., Feb. 22 - This informal evening will feature a traditional sit-down dinner in the University Center's Multipurpose Room. The $6 general public tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 372-3392 before February 18.

"Martin Luther King: The Radical Conservative," Thurs., Feb. 25 - TTU history professor Wali Kharif will speak about King at 7 p.m. in the university's Black Cultural Center. A question and answer session will follow.

Other activities include free showings of the movies "Lethal Weapon I, II, III and IV," "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and "Glory," plus a talent show and poetry night. For a complete calendar or more information, call Reynolds at 372-3393.