Several events planned for Black History Month

Several events planned for Black History Month

Jan. 18, 2019 

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 a one-act play, dialogues about important and interesting topics, 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:  

- Sat., Feb. 2: “Voices of the Valley: Black Voices of a Company Town Called Alcoa, Tennessee” will be performed twice at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Written by Joyce Leo, the one-act choral play with monologues is based on interviews gathered in a joint effort by Alcoa historian Shirley Carr Clowney ’58 and MC Professor of Sociology Dr. Susan Ambler. The monologues tell the stories of African-American men and their families who were recruited from the Deep South to work in the potboiler rooms of the Aluminum Company of America. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Haslam Family Flexible Theatre and 7 p.m. in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Performances are free, but tickets are required and can be picked up in the Clayton Center Box Office. BSA will introduce the 2 p.m. matinee, and a reception, sponsored by BSA, will be held immediately after the performance to allow attendees and cast members to meet and talk, informally. 

- Wed., Feb. 6: A discussion titled “Message from Minorities” will be held in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall (in the back of the Margaret Ware Dining Room) from 12:15-1:15 p.m. During this open session, members of MC’s Latino Student Alliance and Black Student Alliance will talk about the history of oppression in America, how it has affected them, and how citizens can make progress towards change. 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. 

- Mon., Feb. 11: “Healthy Collegeships” will be held at 7 p.m. in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. The discussion will focus on how to keep relationships going in college, how to handle rough situations, friendship, and relationships with significant others. 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. 12: “X-Night” is a poetry night dedicated to former MC student Xavier Sales ’17, a beloved MC alumnus who passed away in May 2017. The event, which will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Isaac’s Café in Bartlett Hall, will include music and poetry from students, faculty and community members.

- Wed., Feb. 13: A lunch-and-learn presentation titled “Durag and Bonnet Day” will be held from noon until 1:15 p.m. in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. The presentation will explore the history of headwear in the African-American community, styles of headwear and reasons for wearing them. 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. 

- Wed., Feb. 20: BSA will collaborate with the MC Career Center for “Professional Day,” a presentation on what to do and what not to do in the professional working world. The event will be held from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. 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. 

 - Wed., Feb. 27: A dialogue about “Coming Together to Promote Better Relations” will be held from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. Presented in conjunction with Blount County Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), the discussion will focus on ways to improve race relations in the community. 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. 

 - Wed., Feb. 27: Live at the Apollo! Apollo Night will be held in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium from 7-9 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 talent show will feature music and performances by members of the campus community. 

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 1,154.