By Olivette Petersen, Staff Writer—
UTC’s Black History Month events kicked off on Thursday with a ThinkFast Game Show event hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
The high-energy event was a trivia competition, allowing students to showcase their knowledge of African-American history and compete for a $200 cash prize.
Trivia questions covered important historical figures such as Maya Angelou, Soujourner Truth, and Malcolm X, while mixing in contemporary figures like Cardi B and Solange Knowles. Also
included were questions about UTC’s own campus, such as: “Who was the first African-American graduate of UTC? (Horace Traylor),” and “Who was the first African-American student to be named UTC’s top man on campus? (Charles Putnam).”
Christopher Stokes, assistant director of the UTC Office of Multicultural Affairs viewed the event as a huge success, and a great opportunity to bring students together to have a conversation about important topics in a fun setting.
“I’ve never had that much fun learning about history,” said Stokes.
UTC’s Black History Month events will continue throughout the month of February, hosted by multiple different campus organizations.
Dominique Malone, president of Black Student Alliance, said that she is especially looking forward to the annual BLOC Awards taking place on Feb. 26.
According to Dominique, the event will “honor student leaders on campus who don’t get the recognition that they usually deserve.”
Black Student Alliance will be sponsoring 7 events during BSA week, including an organizational potluck, a Day of Service at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen , and a Juvenile
Policing Forum, inviting surrounding middle and high school students to talk about the school-to-prison pipeline.
Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, author of Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968 and founder and CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta will also be coming to UTC to participate in two
events sponsored by the Honors College and the History Department.
Assistant director of the UTC Honors College Sherese Williams has high hopes for this specific event.
“I’m hoping it inspires our students and the community at large to start looking at how we can do more with the history of Chattanooga,” said Williams.
She added that the event will raise important questions such as “how are we treating history, and how are we telling the story?”
UTC will be hosting a number of events throughout the month of February that will create number of ways for students to get involved and celebrate Black History Month.
There are events planned to meet a variety of interests, ranging from additional game show activities, events focused on financial empowerment and career readiness, and discussion forums
on diversity. A compiled list of UTC’s Black History Month Events can be found on UTC’s website.