Black History Month at Pellissippi State
February 3 - February 29
“Black history is America’s history,” said Pellissippi State Access and Diversity Director Gayle E. Wood. “February allows us to highlight the numerous contributions African Americans have made to American history. We celebrate the diversity of this history through music, art, displays, literature, theatre, food and much more.”
All events Pellissippi State has planned for Black History Month are free and open to the public:
- Pellissippi State will celebrate the music and poetry of outstanding African-American artists by hosting the chamber music theatre work “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.
- The Tom Johnson Jazz Combo and Knoxville’s Soulful Sounds Revue will perform on the Hardin Valley Campus on Friday, Feb. 28 – the jazz combo at noon and the Celebration of the Music of Motown 6-9 p.m., both in the Goins Building College Center.
- The WordPlayers, a Knoxville-based company of Christian theatre artists, will present the one-act play “Jackie Robinson Steals Home” at 11:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, on the Magnolia Avenue Campus. The play should end at 12:45 p.m.
- African-American Read-Ins will be held on all campuses, celebrating the work of black authors: 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Feb. 18 at Division Street; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 19 at Hardin Valley; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 19 at Blount County; times to be determined Feb. 19 at Strawberry Plains; and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Magnolia Avenue.
- Four “Monday Movies” will be shown on the Hardin Valley Campus, followed by discussions: “Mississippi Burning” on Feb. 3, “Selma” on Feb. 10, “The Hate U Give” on Feb. 17 and “Harriet” on Feb. 24. Each movie will be shown beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium with a discussion following in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex.
Other Black History Month events include lunch with guest speaker Vrondelia (Ronni) Chandler, a Pellissippi State alumna and chief executive officer for Project GRAD Knoxville; opportunities to chat about “hot topics” with the Active Black Student Association; and student poetry displays.
For more information about any of Pellissippi State’s Black History Month events, visit www.pstcc.edu/events/black-history.
Excellence is Collaborative. Join the Movement!