Black History Month 2022

Please join us for events throughout the month honoring Black History Month.

Thursday, Feb. 3
7 p.m

Keith Brown in Concert

Clayton Performing Arts Center

Memphis-born, Knoxville-raised, and New York-based Keith Brown is one of the most in-demand pianists on the contemporary jazz scene. Since he began playing jazz at the age of 18, Brown has performed and recorded with a who’s-who of jazz luminaries. Brown continues to draw inspiration from his roots in R&B, Funk, Classical, Jazz, and Hip-Hop and constantly explores new ways of integrating these influences.

Feb. 6-20

‘The Color Purple’ Film Screening

In collaboration with the MLK Committee’s Paint and Sip event, SEAL is hosting the streaming of “The Color Purple.” This classic will be the topic of discussion as we paint a scene from the film and sip hot cocoa, tea or apple cider. Stream this classic at your leisure and join the paint party at any of the Pellissippi State campuses. Streaming information to come.

Monday, Feb. 7
7 p.m

Alex Haley Farm Trip

Strawberry Plains Campus

Join us for a visit to the farm that once belonged to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley. The facility connects young leaders and activists with the glorious heritage of the struggle for freedom, and is where policy makers and community builders come to connect, recharge their spiritual and physical batteries and brainstorm strategies. More information coming soon.

Mondays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28

African Coffee Mondays

Strawberry Plains Campus

Enjoy free coffee featuring a different African blend each week.

Wednesday, Feb. 16
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

African American Read-In


Students, faculty and staff are invited to join us for the 8th annual African American Read-In. More information to come.

Friday, Feb. 18

Green McAdoo Museum

Strawberry Plains Campus

Join us for a visit to the Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tenn., a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Clinton 12. More information coming soon.

Feb. 21-28
All events 2-3:30 p.m.

Paint and Sip

Monday, Feb. 21: Hardin Valley Campus Cafeteria or Cafeteria Annex
Tuesday, Feb. 22: Blount County Campus 109 or 127
Wednesday, Feb. 23: Magnolia Avenue Campus Lobby
Thursday, Feb. 24: Division Street Campus Cafeteria/Lounge
Friday, Feb. 25: Strawberry Plains Campus 2053 or 2620

Sip on hot cocoa, tea, or apple cider while receiving step-by-step instructions for painting a scene from “The Color Purple,” which was based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker.

There is no cost. However, seating is limited. To reserve your spot, email with the date you plan to attend.

Tuesday, Feb. 22
4:15 p.m.

Jazz Band Facebook Live

Attend in person at the Clayton Performing Arts Center or watch on Facebook Live

Wednesday, Feb. 23
Concert: 11:45 a.m.
Workshop: 3:45 p.m.

Dom Flemons Concert and Workshop 

Clayton Performing Arts Center

Dom Flemons, Grammy award winner, two-time Emmy nominee and 2020 United States Artists Fellow, will perform a free concert at 11:45 a.m., followed by a free workshop on the African roots of the banjo and its influence on American music at 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25
6 p.m

Pellissippi Party and Motown Concert

College Center, Goins Building, Hardin Valley Campus

It’s going to be a fun Friday night at Pellissippi State! Join us for free food and a great concert by Soulful Sounds Revue!

Monday, Feb. 28
1:30 p.m.

Variations Ensemble performs a collection of African American Spirituals

Attend in person in the Goins Rotunda, Hardin Valley Campus or watch on Facebook Live

Monday, Feb. 28
3 p.m

HBCU Transfer Event 


Join Student Engagement and Leadership and a host of Historically Black Colleges and University liaisons as we give you an afternoon full of history and transfer options.  This virtual event is surely to be informative and possibly life-changing. Whether you stay right here in Tennessee or decide to head west, there are 107 options available. More information coming soon.