CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Channel 3 celebrates Black History Month in February. Here's a list of events to honor Black History Month, compiled by WRCB and our partners at the Times Free Press:

Tuesday, February 1

  • 5:00 p.m. A Walk Through UTC Black History: UTC University Center, Room 350. Information packets and giveaways.
  • 5:30 p.m. Black History Lecture: UTC University Center, Lookout Mountain Room. No charge. Dr. John Serrati speaks on "Classical History, Slavery and the African-American Experience."
  • 8:00 p.m. "Love of Liberty" documentary: WTNB (Charter Channel  5). Cleveland State Community College sponsors film on accomplishments of black service members.
  • 9:00 p.m. "Secrets of the Dead: Slave Ship Mutiny": WTCI-PBS. Documentary on slave ship Meermin and one of South Africa's first freedom fighters.


Thursday, February 3

  • 6:00 p.m. Opening of exhibit at Hunter Museum of American Art. $15. "Lois Mailou Jones: A life of Vibrant Color," sponsored by Friends of African-American Art.


February 4, 11, 18, 25

  • 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. "Roots" series: Glenwood Recreation Center, 2610 East Third Street Chattanooga. "Roots" movie installments weekly followed by discussion culminating with "Roots" Quiz Bowl on March 4.


February 4-March 4

  • 7:00 p.m. Art Exhibit: Mosaic Gallery, 412 Market Street. See work of Linda Rugina, Jerry Allen, Jerry Green, and Charlie Newton. Begins with opening reception.


February 4- March 15

  • Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 East MLK Boulevard. Exhibit: "Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African-American Identity."


Friday, February 4

  • 6:00 p.m. Black History Play: New Monumental Baptist Church, 901 Woodmore Lane Chattanooga. No Charge. "Three BMWs."


Sunday, February 6

  • 2:00 p.m. Battlefield Interpretative Talk: Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Visitor Center. No charge. Ranger leads talk about role of free and enslaved people during the Civil War.
  •  Celebration of Black History Month at Hunter Museum of American Art. No admission price all day. Performance by Creative Underground at 2:00 p.m.


Monday, February 7

  • 11:00 a.m. Free HIV testing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. UTC University Center, Tennessee Room.


Tuesday, February 8

  • NAACP Legislative Day on the Hill. State Capitol, Nashville. Contact Valoria Armstrong at 423-9776 for more information.


Wednesday, February 9

  • 6:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting. UTC University Center, Room 350. "State of the Black Student" is the topic of a panel discussion with students and alumni.
  • 8:00 p.m. Black History Month Jeopardy at UTC University Center, Room 350. Competition sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.


Thursday, February 10

  • 12:00 p.m. Discover Africa: Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 East MLK Blvd. $5 charge. Music, dance, film, and tour of "Wrapped in Pride" exhibit.
  • 5:00 p.m. Black History Program: Carver Recreation Center, 600 N. Orchard Knob Avenue. Open house for young families sponsored by Rainbow Daycare Center.
  • 6:00 p.m. Dream Keepers Awards: Lee University, Dixon Center. The Rev. Vincent Jackson is speaker, co-sponsored by Bradley County NAACP and 100 Black Men of Bradley County.

Friday, February 11

  • 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. "The Lottery": Greenpaces. Screening of documentary with discussion. Sponsored by Urban League Young Professionals.
  • 7:30 p.m. Vance Gilbert Concert: Athens Art Center, 320 N. White Street Athens. $15 adults, $8 students.
  • 8:00 p.m. Love Groove: Loose Cannon Studio, 1800 Rossville Avenue. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Poetry and jazz featuring Pure Sound. Call 423-544-1597 for ticket information.


Saturday, February 12

  • 6:00 p.m.  Black History Banquet: Second Missionary Baptist Church, 2305 East Third Street. $15 admission. Vendors, music, dinner. Theme is "African-Americans in the Civil War." Ticket deadline is February 9. Call 423-624-9097 for details.


Sunday, February 13

  • 2:00 p.m. "African-American Lives 2, The Road Home/A Way Out of No Way": WTCI-PBS. Celebrities chase their roots through storytelling and science.
  • 3:00 p.m. Simmons-O'Neal Memorial Concert: McCallie School Chapel. Chattanooga Boys Choir and Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song combine for concert honoring their former directors.
  • 7:00 p.m. D.L. Hughley and Friends, Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad Street Chattanooga. Tickets are $39.50 and available by calling 423-642-TIXS.
  • 7:00 p.m. Avery Sunshine Concert. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 East MLK Blvd. Chattanooga. Tickets for concert and dinner are $25. Call 423-266-8658.


Tuesday, February 15

  • 5:30 p.m. Black History Lecture: UTC University Center, Lookout Mountain Room. No charge. Dr. Francoise Hamlin speaks.
  • 6:00 p.m. NAACP meeting. Glenwood Recreation Center, 2610 East Third Street.
  • 7:00 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, at intersection of Vine and Palmetto Streets in Chattanooga. No charge. Geoffrey Canada, President of Harlem Children's Zone speaks on education.


Wednesday, February 16

  • 5:00 p.m. Open House. Avondale Recreation Center, 1305 Dodson Avenue. Winners of essay contest announced.
  • 6:00 p.m. Diversity Dialogue Series: UTC University Center, Room 350. "Why are all the black kids still sitting together in the cafeteria?"


Thursday, February 17

  • 8:30 p.m.  Black History Month Awards. UTC University Center Auditorium. Trailblazers student awards.


Saturday, February 19

  • 10:00 a.m. Prayer Breakfast. First Baptist Church, 506 East 8th Street. $10. Sponsored by Alert Men's Club. Speaker is Spencer McCall, Director of J.A. Henry YMCA. Call 423-265-3229 for ticket information.
  • 12:30 p.m. Black Ink: EPB Community Room, 10 West MLK Blvd. No charge. Poetry and spoken word contest. Sponsored by NAACP.
  • 2:30 p.m. ACT-SO Orientation. Center for Creative Arts, 1301 Dallas Rd. Chattanooga. Student orientation sponsored by NAACP.
  • 6:00 p.m. Mass Choir: New Hope Baptist Church, 3777 Wilcox Blvd. No charge. An offering will be taken for those who wish to donate. Concert honors Alice McClain and Georgetta Floyd. Features Chattanooga Mass Choir, Third Generation Gospel Singers, Inspirational Citywide Choir, and Spiritual Highlights.


Sunday, February 20

  • 2:00 p.m. "African-American Lives 2, We Come from People/The Past is Another Country." WTCI-PBS. Examines participants' ancestors during early years in the United States.


Monday, February 21

  • 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Open House. Brainerd Recreation Center, 1010 N. Moore Road. Black investors display at open house.
  • 8:00 p.m. "Mayhem Poets": UTC University Center, Room 350.


Tuesday, February 22

  • 5:30 p.m. Black History Lecture: UTC University Center, Lookout Mountain Room. No charge. Dr. Clark White speaks.


Wednesday, February 23

  • 11:30 a.m. Friends of Scouting Luncheon: Chattanooga Convention Center. Gregory A Stube speaks. Tom Edd Wilson receives Distinguished Eagle Scout award.
  • 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Youth Program, Shepherd Recreation Center, 2124 Shepherd Recreation Center, 2124 Shepherd Road. VIRTUE character education program for teens.


Thursday, February 24

  • 5:00 p.m. Youth Program, Tyner/East Brainerd Recreation Center, 6900 Ty-Hi Drive. VIRTUE character education program for teens.


Friday, February 25

  • 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Mardis Gras Ball. Chattanooga Choo Choo Imperial. Ballroom. $35 per person. Black tie dinner sponsored by Chattanooga chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Call 423-698 0029 for ticket information.


Saturday, February 26

  • 6:00 p.m. African-American Celebration. Walker County Civic Center, Rock Spring, Georgia. Sponsored by Let's Make A Difference, Inc.


Sunday, February 27

  • 2:00 p.m. "Simon Schama's Rough Crossings": WTCI-PBS. Story of slaves who fled plantations to fight behind British lines in the American Revolution.
  • 3:30 p.m. "Bill Cosby: The Mark Twain Prize": WTCI-PBS. Rerun of 2009 awards banquet.


Monday, February 28

  • 5:00 p.m. Dr. Obi N. Ignatius Ebbe signs his book "Broken Back Axle-Unspeakable Events in Biafra." UTC University Center, Room 350.

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