Jan. 19, 2007
CONTACT: Tom Tozer, 615-898-2919
MURFREESBORO—A traditional kickoff event for Middle Tennessee State University's African American History Month celebration every winter is the Unity Luncheon, which recognizes and honors select "unsung heroes" in the community who have spent a large part of their lives serving others through their time and energy.
This year’s event will be held at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the James Union Building’s Tennessee Room on the MTSU campus. Tickets are $18 per person. Admission for students with a valid MTSU ID is $8.00.
The luncheon speaker will be Dr. Gilman W. Whiting, director, Undergraduate Studies and senior lecturer in the African American and Diaspora Studies Program at Vanderbilt University.
This year’s honorees are Mrs. Barbara Murray Alexander, Mrs. Marilyn Massengale, Mrs. Lillie W. McCrary, Mrs. Kathryn McCroskey, and Mrs. Susie Mae Simmons.
This year's MTSU AAHM theme is “From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas.” There will be a variety of events—music, lectures and social gatherings—throughout the months of February and March. For a list of those activities, please visit www.mtsu.edu/aahm.
To register or for more information about the Unity Luncheon, call Valerie Avent at 615-898-2718. Organizers would prefer registration payment by no later than Jan. 31. You may mail your check, payable to MTSU, to MTSU Multicultural Affairs, Box 88, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. Please include the names and phone numbers of all registrants represented in your payment.
MEDIA: The honorees will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 in Room 100 of the James Union Building for a group photo. Media are invited to come to the early photo session and/or to the banquet. If you would like to receive headshots of the honorees, please contact Tom Tozer or Gina Fann in the MTSU News and Public Affairs Office at 615-898-2919. If you plan to attend the banquet, please contact Tom Tozer in advance at 615-898-5131. Media members will be admitted free of charge. Thank you.