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.

UTHSC Black History Month Events

Hattiloo Theatre Play

  • February 5, 2014
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm

  • Student Alumni Center (Auditorium)

Hattiloo Theatre is a black repertory theatre company that stages at least seven major productions and six special performances every season. Our goal is to highlight the diversity of Black artistic expression, including music, theatre, and dance. Hattiloo has been in operation since March of 2006 and produced its first full-length play on September 22nd of that same year. The Theatre is located at 656 Marshall Avenue, just off of Union Avenue (less than a block away from historic Sun Studio) and will soon make its home in Memphis' Theatre District at the corner of Cooper and Monroe! Nestled perfectly between Downtown and Midtown, Hattiloo Theatre has taken its seat at the heart of Memphis' rapidly growing arts scene.

Refreshments will be served! For more information, contact Special Events at 901-448-5618.


The Hattiloo Theatre is also offering future promotional discounts to all UTHSC employees!


Health Disparities presented by Dr. Renee’ Frazier

  • February 12, 2014
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • General Education Building (GEB) A102

Reneé S. Frazier is an experienced leader in the health care management arena with expertise in hospital operations, managed care, volunteer and community service, health promotion, strategic planning, and organizational excellence. She is known for her advocacy towards greater transparency of health care quality indicators and patient experience report cards. She is also a strong leader in the Memphis Shelby County Community addressing issues of Health Policy, Environmental Barriers, Health Equity and Community Engagement which will lead our Region to Better Health.

Refreshments will be served! For more information, contact Special Events at 901-448-5618.

Visit Healthy Memphis Common Table for more information.


Musical Jazz Celebration

  • February 19, 2014
  • 11:30 - 12:30 pm

  • Student Alumni Center (SAC) Dining Hall

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month (BHM) with Havenview Middle School’s “Gold Standard Band.” 

Refreshments will be served! For more information, contact Special Events at 901-448-5618.


Black Student Association (BSA) Award Banquet

  • February 21, 2014 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Student Alumni Center (SAC Dining Hall)

For ticket information, contact Special Events at 901-448-5618.


Speaker: Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, Memphis College of Dentistry. At The University of Tennessee, Memphis College of Dentistry, she was president of The Student National Dental Association, inducted into the IMHOTEP Leadership Society, and served as the student representative for the admissions committee for the College of Dentistry. She was heavily involved in research and as a result, was chosen to represent the school at various meetings throughout the country.


Black Heritage Concert

  • February 26, 2014
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • • Student Alumni Dining (SAC) Dining Hall

Experience soulful voices of black heritage from the Sherwood Middle School Show Choir! 

Refreshments will be served! For more information, contact Special Events at 901-448-5618.