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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee Black Cultural Programming Committee is hosting two events in January that are free and open to the public.

The first is the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration set for 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, in the UT University Center Auditorium.

The program titled “Remembering the Past to Shape the Future” includes the Chapmyn Group of Spoken Word-s theatrical presentation “Martin and Me.”

The play revisits the Civil Rights era while reminding our generation of the true intentions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year-s celebration also includes various theatrical performances, singing and other cultural activities from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Love United Gospel Choir, Xplosion and F.O.C.U.S.

The program is co-sponsored by Jack and Jill of Knoxville, a local community development group.

The second event is a lecture titled “Exploring America-s Agenda- presented by the Kweisi Mfume, a nationally known civil rights leader and activist.

The lecture is set for 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, also in the University Center Auditorium.

Mfume is currently the national President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His leadership has helped the NAACP win many legal battles related to racial discrimination and civil rights issues.

Churches, schools and other organizations planning to attend in large groups should notify the Black Cultural Programming Committee for parking arrangements.

For more information, contact the UT Black Cultural Center at 865-974-4738 or go to the center’s website at