First Week of February Filled with Black History Month Events

By Breanna Williams, Staff Writer —

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had a variety of events for the first full week of February that celebrated, reflected on, and gave insight into black history.

On Monday, Feb. 4, the university held a “Walking History: Civil Rights Movement and the Atlanta Beltline” event. The CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta, Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, discussed the series “Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement 1944-1968.” The event was dedicated to preserving and presenting black history. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, UTC held the “It Takes a Village” event, which focused on the hardships of inner-city middle schools. It also placed an emphasis on transforming the Chattanooga community by positively impacting the youth. 

Wednesday, Feb. 6 was full of events for the university, including two job-related and networking events. People from BlueCross BlueShield discussed career readiness and opportunities. The Multicultural Center gave insight into gaining employment in their chosen occupation.

From 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Derthick Hall, the university showed the movie Confirmation. The event was sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and Black Student Alliance. 

The movie showed the story of Anita Hill who claimed that Judge Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. Following the movie, there was a panel discussion about how her story relates to today and how she changed history. 

The panel discussion highlighted the effects of her testimony, the effects it had on the years after, and the effects it still has today. It also reflected on how women today may be in the same position. 

On Thursday, Feb. 7, the university held the “Activism Within and In the Community” event, which underlined what activism means and provided historical context.

UTC wrapped up the week on Friday, Feb. 8 with the “Black History Game Show.” By combining a game show and talent show, the event focused on how African-American people have transformed throughout time. 

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