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On Tuesday, Feb. 1, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members marched from UT Knoxville's Torchbearer statue to the University Center to mark the 50th anniversary of African-American undergraduate students being admitted to the university. Theotis Robinson spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about his journey from being declined admission to UT, to being one of the first three African-American students admitted.


UTK student Jessica Session, a junior in psychology, wrote and performed an original poem for the campus's kick-off event for the 50th Anniversary of African-American Achievement.


A video that was initiated and created by students to commemorate the 50th Anniversary.