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Events planned in celebration of Black History Month

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Tennessee Tech students and the university's Office of Multicultural Affairs have a number of event planned to celebrate Black History Month.

Published Tuesday Feb 13, 2018

Each February, Tennessee Tech celebrates Black History Month with events across campus designed to facilitate constructive conversations about the importance of diversity.

This year’s events include discussions about culture, activism and some lesser explored aspects of black history.

On Monday evenings through the month of February, Tech Office of Multicultural Affairs will host open discussions on “The Evolution of Hip Hop” at 6 p.m. in the Roaden University Center, room 258.

Tech alumnus Dee Prince will join Michael Torrence in facilitating the discussion. Prince writes hip hop music and has released multiple albums and Torrence completed his Ph.D. dissertation work on the topic of hip hop.

“You see hip hop music heavily infused in the movement culture of today,” said Rob Owens, assistant vice president for multicultural affairs. “These are academic conversations but also practical conversations. When you look at the landscape of race relations today, this is a particular genre of music that seems to be connecting people.”

On Thursday, Feb. 15 the university’s chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity presents “Reading, Riting, Rithmetic & Revolution: The Four R’s of Education” with guest speaker Andre Canty at 11 a.m. in Tech’s Johnson Hall.

Canty is a writer and member of the development team at the Highlander Research and Education Center. Canty’s talk will highlight what college activism of today looks like.

Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host Jeffery Hobbs in the auditorium of Bell Hall. Hobbs if of African and Cherokee descent and a sought-after musician of traditional Native American music. Hobbs will discuss the relationship between African Americans and Native Americans past and present.

“Exploring the intersections of Africans and Natives from first contact to current times will be a new unique conversation for many of us.”

These Black History Month events are all free and open to the public. To explore more about Black History at Tennessee Tech, visit https://www.tntech.edu/bcc/bhm.

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