TNCC Celebrates Black History Month with Special Events

Published: February 14, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate Black History Month with the special documentary presentation of The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, a panel discussion of Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and a special event sponsored by the College’s African-American Culture Club. All activities are free and open to the general public. Highlights are listed below. For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 825-2863.

African-American Cinema
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (Parental Discretion Advised) Wednesday, February 21, 11:00 a.m. Mary T. Christian Auditorium

In 1955, 14-year old Emmett was taken from his uncle’s house in Mississippi, beaten beyond recognition, tortured, murdered, and thrown into the Tallahatchie River, all for supposedly whistling at a white woman. His attackers were acquitted in under an hour by an all-white jury. To show the brutality of the attack, his mother insisted on an open-casket funeral, which produced so much outrage that it became a touchstone event in the American Civil Rights Movement. Due to the efforts of this film’s directors, this case has been re-opened with the new testimony against the five attackers who are still alive and subject to prosecution.

Watching Zora : Discussing Life, Love, Literature and Lust in Their Eyes Were Watching God

Tuesday, February 27, 4:00 p.m., Wythe Hall Gallery

Dr. Valerie Sweeney Prince, professor of literature at Hampton University will join Thomas Nelson faculty members, Lisa Ray, Hollis Pruitt and Heath Scott for a panel discussion on author Zora Neale Hurston and her book Their Eyes were Watching God. The moderator will be Thomas Nelson Community College English faculty, Jacqueline Blackwell.

A Celebration of African-American Culture
Wednesday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Espada Conference Center

Join the African-American History and Culture Club for this special event featuring a lecture by a financial planner and a one-act act play called Freedom Song.

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