'African Americans and the Arts': ChattState Celebrates Black History Month

February 5, 2024 | Payton Potter | Student Success

A graphic with the words "Black History Month"

CHATTANOOGA, TN -- February is Black History Month, and Chattanooga State is celebrating the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history with a month of programming titled “African Americans and the Arts.” On-campus events this month honor the history and heritage of Black Americans and promote diversity, inclusivity, and understanding. 

Black History Month Kickoff: The Homage Exhibit 
Tuesday, Feb. 1 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Library Mobile Classroom 

You’re invited to peruse this traveling display of over 250 Black history artifacts highlighting African American stories and culture. Featured items in this exhibit range from slavery to the election of President Barack Obama. This self-paced exhibit is open to the public. 

Brown Bag, Black Creative 
Thursday, Feb. 8 | 12:30 p.m. | FSDH 

Bring your lunch and join us brown bag-style as City of Chattanooga photographer and videographer J. Adams talks about Storytelling Spaces and how art opportunities can transform the community. This will be a moderated discussion, so be sure to come prepared with questions. 

Open to the public. Provided in partnership with the BOND series. 

August Wilson’s Seven Guitars 
Thursday, Feb. 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Chattanooga Theater 

“It’s 1948 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, and blues music echoes throughout the neighborhood. A group of old friends gather to mourn and reminisce about Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton — a gifted guitarist whose star was on the rise and whose untimely death has irrevocably changed each of them. With live blues and lyrical dialogue, August Wilson weaves a poetic and poignant composition about the Black American experience.” 

Free tickets are available for the first 15 to register in the SEO office. (Must be 18+ and provide own transportation.) 

Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Noon | Main Café 

Enjoy the sounds of singer, rapper, beatboxer, and loop artist "OneManJamz." If you enjoy Pentatonix, you’ll love this performance of drum beats, bass grooves, harmonic layers, and profound lyrics — all from one man's voice.

Your Voice, Your Power: Civic Engagement & Voter Registration Drive with NAACP 
Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Main Café Hallway 

Are you registering for the first time? Do you know your registration status? Do you have questions about polling locations? Swing by to learn how to make your voice heard and stay engaged. 

Provided in partnership with B.S.L.A. 

Soul Food Luncheon 
Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 11 a.m. | Gym 

Fine Art Exhibit 
Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Thursday, Feb. 29 | Opens 2/28 at 9 a.m. and closes 2/29 at 3 p.m. | Gym Foyer 

Guests can peruse the exhibit as they wait in line for the soul food luncheon.