TTU Celebrates Black History Month with Tributes, Activities

Black History Month celebrations in February at Tennessee Technological University will be as much about the future as about history.

Drama, comedy, music and food will serve to bring the community together in celebration of this year's theme chosen by the university's Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center --"A Touch of History. . .A Feel For the Future."

"With a month full of activities, we are offering everyone a chance to schedule some time for entertainment and reflection," said Tammy Reynolds, director of the Black Cultural Center. "This is a celebration of the achievement of blacks as we face an exciting future."

Most events are free; every event is open to the public, students, faculty and staff:

  • "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill," Tues., Feb. 1 -- A biomusical about the legendary jazz-great Billie Holiday, "Lady Day" deals with one of Holiday's last appearances and features blues and jazz in a cabaret setting. The performance is at 7 p.m. in TTU's Bryan Fine Arts Building Wattenbarger Auditorium. Parental discretion advised for young children. Free admission.
  • Student Talent Showcase, Fri., Feb. 4 -- TTU students and other performers will take the stage to showcase musical and other talents at 8:30 p.m. in the Roaden University Center's Multipurpose Room.
  • Black Comedy Tour, Tues., Feb. 8 -- Comedian Jay Lamont and comedienne B. Phalt will bring the Black Comedy Tour to campus at 8 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium. Parental discretion strongly advised. Free admission.
  • Soul Food Dinner, Thurs., Feb. 10 -- This informal evening will feature a traditional sit-down dinner in the Roaden University Center's OVC Room at 6:p.m. Tickets are $5 for faculty and staff, $6 for the general public and must be purchased in advance by calling ext. 3392 before Feb. 8.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest, Tues., Feb. 15 -- Known for its powerful student speeches, the annual contest doubles as a tribute to King. Students will compete for cash and prizes with speeches based on the theme, "MLK's Dream: Theory and Practice," in the Roaden University Center's Black Cultural Center, Room 258, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Gospel Extravaganza, Sun., Feb. 20 -- Area choirs will perform in the annual celebration of gospel music on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the Roaden University Center's Multipurpose Room. Groups wanting to perform should call Will Maddux at 525-6417. Free admission.
For more information, call Reynolds at 931-372-3392 or 931-372-6204.
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