Black History Month


The purpose of Black History month is to educate both African American and Non-African Americans on African American History while honoring the African Americans who have positively affected our nation. In 1986 Congress passed Public Law 99-244 which designated February 1986 as "National Black (Afro-American) History Month.” This law noted that February 1, 1986 would “mark the beginning of the sixtieth annual public and private salute to Black History.”

The month of February was chosen because it is the month that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909, the birth month of Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery.

During the month of February, the Office of Equity and Diversity along with the Office of Special Events & Community Affairs will sponsor several events to commemorate Black History Month. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend all events.

UTHSC Black History Month Events

February 2 - The Soul Food Taste Around

11:30 am
Student Alumni Center (SAC) Dining Hall
You must have your UTHSC ID.


Come and enjoy samples of delicious soul food including fried catfish, chicken, greens, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding, peach cobbler and much more!


February 10 - Black History Month Speaker

11:30 am
Freeman Auditorium 930 Madison, 3rd Floor
Lunch will be provided.

photo of former mayer AC Wharton
Former mayor of the city of Memphis, A C Wharton, Jr., will visit the University of Tennessee Health Science Center on February 10, as the 2016 Black History Month Speaker.


February 23 - Film and Discussion: Selma

12:00 pm
GEB A203
Fresh popcorn will be served.

Selma movie poster
The Office of Equity and Diversity will host a film viewing and discussion of the movie Selma, which chronicles Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

February 24 - Hattiloo Theatre Performance:  Free Man of Color

12:00 pm
Student Alumni Center (SAC) Auditorium
Lunch will be provided.

Free Man of Color is a production about race, culture, and the differences between education and assimilation in America.


February 26 - Black Student Association (BSA) Banquet

6:00 pm
Student Alumni Center (SAC) Dining Hall


The BSA Banquet is a celebration of BSA members' accomplishments throughout the academic school year. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased during the month of February. Contact Elise Moore for details.