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February 29, 2024

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A documentary screening and community discussion will analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. The film delves into the systemic injustices that have led to the disproportionate imprisonment of African Americans, exploring factors such as poverty, racism, and political policies.

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13TH Documentary Trailer

February 1, 2024

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Join us for a community information session with archaeologists from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and UT Knoxville regarding the Steele Home for Needy Children Archaeological Project. The Steele Home for Needy Children was founded by Mrs. Almira Steele, a recent arrival from Boston to Chattanooga, in 1884. The Steele Home was historically unique in that it was the only orphanage in the area who would give provisions to children who were Black, over the age of ten, disabled, or diseased. Only 18 months after she opened the orphanage, arsonists had burnt down the original wooden buildings on her property. Undaunted, she built an even larger stone and brick building to take its place. Having identified that archaeological resources remain preserved in the vicinity of the former Steele Home, these research teams are now planning for future work that will shed light on an important era of Chattanooga’s history that has historically been understudied. They are interested in community input on the future of the project, and especially any insight from people who may have any additional information about the Steele Home.

- Dr. Alison Damick  |  Associate Curator of Environmental Archaeology and Manager of the Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee Knoxville

- Dr. A. Brooke Persons  |  Director of the Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology and Assistant Professor in the Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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February 8, 2024

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From acclaimed scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., GOSPEL explores Black spirituality in sermon and song. From the blues to hip-hop, African Americans have been the driving force of sonic innovation for over a century. While musical styles come and go, there is one sound that has been a constant source of strength, courage, and wisdom from the pulpit to the choir lofts on any given Sunday: gospel. The screening will be followed by a community discussion on the evolution of Gospel.

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Gospel Series Trailer

February 15, 2024

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Join us for the Minority Health and Health Equity Series on Cardiovascular Disease – an empowering panel discussion with local physicians. Discover the importance of understanding Cardiovascular Disease in minority communities. Gain insights, ask questions, and be part of a conversation that matters. Let's bridge health disparities together!

Our Speakers:
- Dr. William E. Blalock, III MD  |  General Cardiology
- Dr. Jennifer Mirza, DO  |  General Cardiology
- Dr. Robert C. McKoy, MD  |  Interventional Cardiology

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February 22, 2024

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As a resolute preservationist, storyteller, and instrumentalist, Dom Flemons has long set himself apart by finding forgotten folk songs and making them live again. His work has been recognized with a GRAMMY Award, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, and 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow. Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Chicago area with his family. He has branded the moniker The American Songster® since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of early American popular music. Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, slam poet, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife and rhythm bones. Flemons is the host of the American Songster Radio show on Nashville’s WSM Radio. In 2022, he was awarded a degree as a Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater Northern Arizona University.

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