Take Back the Night rally and vigil to raise awareness of abuse set for Feb. 24 at TTU

Tennessee Tech University’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society is helping to raise awareness for minority women and children who’ve been abused.

The campus’ fifth annual Take Back the Night rally and candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, beginning on the front steps of the Roaden University Center.

“We traditionally hold the event in April to coincide with the Clothesline Project, another campus activity and display that brings awareness to the issue of abuse. This year, however, we’ve chosen to hold the event in February to commemorate Black History Month and focus on raising awareness of violence against minority women and children,” said Lori Maxwell, associate professor of political science at TTU and faculty adviser for Pi Sigma Alpha.

According to FBI supplementary homicide reports, for instance, African-American women make up 8 percent of the country’s population but represent 42 percent of all female victims of intimate partner violence.

The keynote speaker of this year’s Take Back the Night rally at TTU will be women’s and children’s advocate and Putnam County Commissioner Johnnie Wheeler.

Also slated for the event will be a ceremony honoring Elizabeth Ojo for her years of service and dedication as assistant director of TTU’s Minority Affairs Office.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

“Students, faculty, staff and local citizens are encouraged to attend and show their support for the protection of all women and children in our community,” Maxwell said.

For more information about Take Back the Night, call Maxwell at 931/372-3683 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .