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ETSU to host variety of Black History Month events

Red, Black and Green Ribbon Giveaway -- close-up shot of ribbon being pinned on a sweater

JOHNSON CITY (Jan. 26, 2018) – February is Black History Month, and East Tennessee State University will host a variety of educational and entertaining events throughout the month in conjunction with the annual observance.

The following programs are free and open to the public:

  • African American History on Wheels Exhibit – A unique collection of inventions, rare artifacts, African art, sculptures, paintings and more, with historical information and facts. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., D.P. Culp University Center ballroom. Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or .

  • Red, Black and Green Ribbon Giveaway – Tri-colored ribbons commemorating Black History Month, with information on the meaning of the colors, will be provided by Multicultural Affairs. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1-2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Culp Center second floor educational booths. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • Black History Month Kick-Off – This skit and party in which selected students will choose a Civil Rights activist to portray will educate participants as they celebrate the beginning of Black History month.  Refreshments provided.  Thursday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Culp Center ballroom. An Unapologetically Black event. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • Mental Health Discussion – A discussion for African American students about mental health and the available resources both on and off campus. Monday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Culp Center, East Tennessee Room. An Unapologetically Black event. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • Talent Show Auditions – Student singers, dancers and musicians who wish to participate in the Feb. 28 Talent Show will audition.  Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6-7, 7 p.m., Culp Center ballroom. Sponsored by the Black Affairs Association. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Red ribbons symbolizing the fight against HIV/AIDS will be given away, and information and free testing will be provided by HOPE for Tennessee. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Culp Center, meeting rooms 4A and B. Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • “Sex Education” – A discussion designed to educate and raise awareness of issues surrounding sex, including health protection and the consequences of poor decisions. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Culp Center, Multicultural Center presentation room. An Unapologetically Black event. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • Jam Night – Poets, singers, rappers, musicians and storytellers will be invited to step up to the mic and share their individuality, creativity and artistic and cultural expressions. Hosted by Jazmine Henderson. Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., Culp Center, Multicultural Center lounge. Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • “Do You Know Your Hair?” – An event featuring tips and tricks to help participants embrace their natural hair, presented by campus hair entrepreneurs. Monday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Culp Center, East Tennessee Room.  An Unapologetically Black event. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • “Black Stereotypes” – A discussion exploring stereotypes within the black community and within the Black Lives Matter movement. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Culp Center, Multicultural Center presentation room. An Unapologetically Black event. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • “Black Love/Interracial Relationships” – A discussion pertaining to perceptions of race and dating. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 5 p.m., Culp Center, Multicultural Center presentation room. An Unapologetically Black event. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • “Shades of Black” – A discussion between black students from different regions of the world, including the United States, Africa and the Caribbean, about their perceptions of being black, the various shades of black, the way they are treated in their countries and their ways of life. Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Culp Center, East Tennessee Room.  Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • “Starving Artists” – Artists from around campus will introduce and explain their work, which will be on display in the Multicultural Center through the month of February. Monday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Culp Center, Multicultural Center lounge.  An Unapologetically Black event. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • Documentary: “I Am Not Your Negro” – A screening of the 2017 film in which writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in America with his unfinished novel, “Remember This House.” A discussion will follow. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium. An Unapologetically Black event. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • “I Too, Sing America: A Tribute to Black American Composers” – A performance of music, poetry and lecture by Johnson City native and Nashville-based vocalist, conductor and educator Charles Edward Charlton. Friday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m., Culp Center, room 271-J. Sponsored by Africana Studies. Contact: Dr. Dorothy Drinkard-Hawkshawe, 439-6688 or .

  • “Evening of Elegance” Dance – This semi-formal event allows students to dress up, socialize, relax and have fun dancing to the beats of DJ Bout It. Refreshments provided. Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Sponsored by the Black Affairs Association. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • Black Church – A church service and gospel concert featuring the ETSU Gospel and International Choir. Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Culp Center, The Cave. An Unapologetically Black event. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • Talent Show – This show, emceed by comedian Mr. Bankshot, will give the audience a glimpse of history and tradition through song, dance and instrumental performances. (Performers selected by auditions on Feb. 6-7.) Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Culp Center, Culp Auditorium. Sponsored by the Black Affairs Association. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 439-6171 or .

  • “Finite Disappointment/Infinite Hope” – This exhibit of photography by Gediyon Kifle, an ETSU alumnus and official photographer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., provides an innovative, educational retelling of historical narratives from an artist’s perspective. On display at the Reece Museum through March 23. Museum hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
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