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Celebrating 50 years of African American AchievementCalendar of Events

January 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the first African American undergraduates admitted to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

We'll commemorate this important anniversary all year with special events and speakers, starting with a kickoff event at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

January 2011

  • January 4

    50th Anniversary of African American Enrollment
  • January 11

    Kick Off Celebration of 50th Anniversary
    **Please Note: The kickoff has been rescheduled for February 1st.
  • January 17

    Campus and Citywide MLK, Jr. Celebration
  • January 22

    10th Annual MLK, Jr. Day of Service

February 2011

  • February 1

    Kick Off Celebration of 50th Anniversary
    • 4:30 p.m. at the Torchbearer statue.
    • View webcast of this event.
    • In tribute to these students' brave walk to integrate UT, we will march from the Torchbearer statue to the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center auditorium for a program featuring Olympian and UT Knoxville alumna Benita Fitzgerald Mosley. The program begins immediately after the march.
  • February 5

    Black Issues Conferencemore info
  • February 20

    The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story
  • February 23

    50th Anniversary Celebration
    • Student Affair's Coffee House

March 2011

  • March 1

    Diversity Job Fair — more info
  • March 3

    DRUMLine Live! — more info
  • March 5

    10th Annual Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference — more info
    • 9:30am to 4pm at the University Center
    • Be inspired by the powerful words of conference keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, as he shares his address: "Lead Now Where True Change Lies: "With Liberty and Justice for All."
    • There is no registration fee for the conference. However, due to facility limitations, the conference is limited to the first 400 students who register. Lunch and a free t-shirt will be provided.
  • March 6

    Retirement of Allan Houston's Jersey — more info
    • In addition, Theotis Robinson, Wade Houston, and Condredge Holloway will be recognized
  • March 7

    Black Cultural Programming Committee: Young Professionals Series
    • 7:00pm at the University Center Auditorium
    • Featuring: Ephren Taylor (youngest African American CEO - Capital City Corp)
  • March 9

    UT Day on the Hill
    • The 50th Anniversary commemoration will be highlighted

April 2011

  • April 15

    Civility and Community Initiative Kick-off Event — more info

May 2011

  • May 14-17

    Black Alumni Council
  • Alex Haley Celebrity Golf Weekend
  • May 15

    Alex Haley Celebrity Golf Weekend
    Celebrity Reception and Auction
    more info
  • May 17

    Alex Haley Celebrity Golf Weekend
    Golf Tournament
    more info

June 2011

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011

  • September 8

    UT Libraries hosts African American Achievement Showcase
    • The UT Libraries will host an afternoon of events celebrating the achievements of African American students and faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Music, poetry, displays - and more - are scheduled. Events centered at the Melrose Place entrance (2nd floor) will include spoken-word and step-dancing performances, information booths, and a broadcast by WUTK Radio.
    • The September 8 event is part of the university's yearlong celebration honoring the first African American undergraduate students and the rich legacy of African American achievement at UTK. The community is invited to the John C. Hodges Library to celebrate and learn.
    • For more information, please see UT Libraries.
  • September 23

    Grand GalaMore informationGrand Gala
    • Hosted by Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, the Grand Gala will highlight the rich legacy of African American achievement and recognize members of our UT family who have changed history with their accomplishments. The evening will honor the very best of the university's past, present, and future. Please joing us as we commemorate these historic milestones.
    • For more information, please see our Grand Gala page.

  • Engineering Diversity Programs ShowcaseSave the DateEDP Showcase Save the Date
    • Hosted by Travis Griffin, Director of Engineering Diversity Programs, the Showcase will provide a college update and an overview of the current form of program support via the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and other programs. Participating alumni from the College of Engineering will have an opportunity to hear from current Engineering administrators and students, ask questions, and provide feedback as well as learn about the needs and priorities of the Office of Engineering Diversity Programs.
    • For more information, please contact Adlai Hurt at 865-974-2779 or email

October 2011

  • October 3 - 14

    INVISIBLE INK: The Art of Black Independent Comix
    • Join us at an art exhibit celebrating the vibrant African American independent comics community. The immense popularity of comics and graphic novels cannot be ignored. But in light of the comics boom that has taken place over the past 10 years, the artists, writers and publishers that make up the vibrant African American independent comics community have remained relatively unknown until now. Invisible Ink: The Art of Black Independent Comix brings together an unprecedented collection of largely unheard of, and undeniably masterful, comics art in this special exhibit curated for the students and faculty at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Curated by John Jennings, Associate Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo
    • Reading Room Wall, Art + Architecture Building, Room 105
  • October 6

    THE SOULS OF BLACK COMIX: The Secret Origins of Representation as Resistance in the Black Age of American Comics
    • Speaker: John Jennings/ Associate Professor of Visual Studies / SUNY Buffalo
    • In the last decade a new generation of black scholars, publishers, creators, archivists, documentarians, and curators have come forth with a re-imagined vision of what it means to depict the African American experience via the comics medium. An underground movement has been operating unseen; flowing in tandem to the mainstream but showing very different levels of depth and experience. "The Black Age of Comics" is an attempt to shift the paradigm of how black images and stories are portrayed in the medium.
    • Full description
    • 7pm, Art + Architecture Building, Room 109

November 2011

  • November 5


December 2011

  • December 26

    Kwanzaa Begins