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Black History Month Events

Step out and support Black History Month 2021!

 

Feb. 3

Reading to studentsBlack History Competition
Virtual, 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Feb. 3 and Feb. 17
Sponsored by Pellissippi State Magnolia Avenue Campus
The first 10 students who answer all 20 questions correctly on each of the dates will receive a prize.

 

Feb. 4

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: Black History Month
Virtual, 11 a.m.
Join the National Museum of American History for an online exploration into Black History Month.

 

Feb 10

Painting Black History
Virtual, 1 p.m.
Space is limited and is on a first come first served basis. This event is free for students; faculty and staff are welcome to participate but will need purchase their own kit at www.amazingpaintparty.com.

 

Feb. 17

African American Read-In
Virtual, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pellissippi State students, faculty and staff are invited to read and listen to works from African American authors, poets and speakers. Meeting information will be sent via Pellissippi State email.

 

soulful-revue.pngBlack History Competition
Virtual, 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Feb. 3 and Feb. 17
Sponsored by Pellissippi State Magnolia Avenue Campus
The first 10 students who answer all 20 questions correctly on each of the dates will receive a prize.

 

Feb. 18

Creating Hope: Celebrating Everyone's Dreams Throughout History
Zoom, 1 p.m.
Join Traciana Graves live via Zoom as she highlights the challenges and achievements of visionaries like Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr. Harriet Tubman who have contributed to history. Traciana will be available for a Q&A immediately following the presentation.

 

Feb. 19

The Black American Musical Experience with the Knoxville Opera
YouTube and Facebook, 7 p.m. 
The Knoxville Opera will perform musical numbers celebrating Black History Month. Presented by the Pellissippi State site campuses and Student Engagement and Leadership with audio provided by Pellissippi State Audio Production Engineering students. 

 

Feb. 23

Brandon Martin: A Voice of Justice
Zoom (password: VOICE), 7 p.m.
From the time of slavery through the Civil Rights Movement all the way to Black Lives Matter, music has been an important element historically for Black Americans and other people of color. These songs passed through generations express moments and movements of the time and show the importance that music and song have played in social justice. This free concert sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Student Engagement and Leadership office will include songs of protest and songs of hope and redemption performed by Martin, a multi-genre vocalist, composer/arranger, conductor and music educator who is a performer with the Voices of Liberty at Epcot as well as with the Dapper Dans Barbershop Quartet at Magic Kingdom.  

 

Mar. 3

The Defamation Experience
Virtual (link coming soon), 1:30-3:30 p.m.
This online event will give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to watch a 70-minute recording of a riveting courtroom drama by award-winning playwright Todd Logan exploring the highly charged issues of race, class, religion, gender and the law, after which the audience will deliberate as the jury and decide whether to find for the plaintiff or the defendant or to emerge from the experience undecided. SEAL will moderate a post-show discussion with students while Human Resources will do so for faculty and staff. 

 

Group of musicians and a man holding roses

All Month 

Social media discussions
Keep an eye on Pellissippi State’s social media channels this month for weekly discussion, facts and trivia about Black history. Some of these will be shared on the Student Activities Board's Facebook page, others on the Strawberry Plains Campus Facebook page.

 

Resources

African Americans and The Vote
Martin Luther King
African American Writers
Hallowed African American Sites
Voices of the Civil Rights Freedom Movement