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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Space Institute-s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers will hold its seventh annual Black History Month Program at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 21, in the UTSI Auditorium.

James Jennings, deputy director of NASA-s John F. Kennedy Space Center, will be the keynote speaker for the program titled “Empowered by Technology, Focused by Tradition.”

Jennings, deputy director the Space Center since May 2000, is an Alabama native. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1968 and a master-s in business administration in 1973, both from Alabama A&M University. In 1979, he earned a master-s in administrative sciences from the University of Alabama.

Jennings and his wife, LaVon, live in Orlando, Fla., and have a son, Keelan, an electrical engineer, and daughter, Keisha, a nurse.

This year-s Black History Month program also will feature music by Sisters in Christ, Nona Hendon, the Motlow Choir and saxophonist Ivan Bonner.

The chapter also will introduce the NSBE Jr. Black History Month Essay contest contestants and will present awards to the authors of winning essays.

For more information, contact the chapter office at 931-393-7238 or email