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50-year anniversary marked with events

50-year anniversary marked with events

As the University of Tennessee at Martin observes the 50th anniversary of undergraduate desegregation of the campus, several events are being scheduled as part of the yearlong celebration.   

The Black Student Association will sponsor “A Night of Dance/Reflection of African-American Culture,” at 8 p.m., Feb.17, in Watkins Auditorium of Boling University Center. 

The BSA and campus 50th anniversary committee will sponsor “BSA Yesterday and Today,” at 11 a.m., March 8, also in Watkins Auditorium.

The speaker, Dr. Jesse Cannon, of Stanton, is a UT Martin alumnus and the third president of the campus BSA. 

In the summer of 1961, the first African-American student enrolled at UT Martin and opened the doors for others by gaining admittance and beginning classes. 

The yearlong observance will feature special events, speakers and other programs for members of the campus and surrounding communities to honor all students and other individuals involved in the desegregation of the university.  

For more information and the calendar of events, contact Dr. Annie C. Jones, director of the UT Martin Office of Minority Affairs, at 731-881-7282.

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