MC celebrates Black History Month

MC celebrates Black History Month

Jan. 30, 2018

In observance of Black History Month, Maryville College’s Black Student Alliance (BSA) is sponsoring several campus events that are free and open to the public. Held throughout the month of February, the events include dialogues about important and interesting topics, an NAACP sign-up event, a poetry night event and an Apollo Night event modeled after the original “Showtime at the Apollo” show.

The following events are planned for Black History Month:   

  • Feb. 1-12: BSA will collect school supply donations for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Alcoa. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday at the BSA table in the lobby of Pearsons Hall from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. or at the Admissions Office in Fayerweather Hall from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m..

  • Thurs., Feb 1: BSA’s Black History Month Kick-Off will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of Pearsons Hall. A full schedule of Black History Month events and goodies will be available.

  • Tues., Feb. 6: A lunch and learn presentation titled “Head Wraps and History” will be held from 12:30 until 1:15 p.m. in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall (in the back of the Margaret Ware Dining Room). The presentation will explore the history of head wraps, bonnets and durags – and why Africans and African Americans wear them. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch to the event. For members of the public, the cost to purchase lunch in the Margaret Ware Dining Room of Pearsons Hall is $8.50, payable at the door.

  • Tues., Feb. 6: What does it mean to be a black woman in America today? A dialogue about “Black Women in America” will be held from 7 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry.

  • Thurs., Feb. 8: What does it mean to be a black man in America today? A dialogue on the topic “Black Men in America” will be held from 7 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry.

  • Mon., Feb. 12: Interested in joining the NAACP? A sign-up event will be held from noon until 12:50 p.m. in the lobby of Pearsons Hall. Applications will be provided.

  • Thurs., Feb. 15: A dialogue titled “Colorism” will be held from 7 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium. What is colorism? How does it affect the community? Why is there such a divide? A dialogue will explore this topic, how it affects the community – and how everyone can come together as one. 
  • Mon., Feb. 19: A dialogue about “Race Relations in America” will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium. Presented in conjunction with Blount County Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), the discussion will focus on ways to improve race relations on campus and in the community.  

  • Wed., Feb. 21: Poetry Night will be held in Isaac’s Café in Bartlett Hall from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Members of the campus and local community are invited to attend a night of relaxation and spoken word. Those interested in signing up to share their poetry should email bsa@my.maryvillecollege.eduby Feb. 19. The event will be held in honor of Xavier Sales ’17, a beloved Maryville College alumnus who passed away in May.

  • Wed., Feb. 28: Live at the Apollo! Apollo Night will be held in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Modeled after the original “Showtime at the Apollo” show that launched Sept. 12, 1987, at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, N.Y., the event will feature performances by members of the campus community. Students who are interested in signing up to be a featured act should email bsa@my.maryvillecollege.eduwith their name and a description of their performance. There will be prizes for the winners! 

For questions or more information about Black History Month events, please email bsa@my.maryvillecollege.edu.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,146.