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Celebrating 50 years of African American AchievementFriends and Sponsors

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

This important anniversary will be commemorated all year with special events and speakers. These events would not be possible without the following friends and sponsors.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative CommissionThe Knoxville area Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission partners with the 50th Anniversary Committee in recognizing UTK's historic milestone for African American Undergraduate enrollment and the rich legacy of African American achievement at UTK. For details of the celebratory events see:

Knoxville News Sentinel Archive

Selected historical images courtesy of Knoxville News Sentinel Archive.


Bandit Lites is an International Lighting Company leader in the moving lights touring and rentals, sales and service, design and installation Entertainment Lighting industry.

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And a special thanks to...

Andrew Hahn, Lee Hume, UTK Library Special Collections, UTK Library Diversity Committee, and UTK Creative Communications.