Fleming focus on Civil Rights youth during Town’s Black History event

The community is invited to a free Black History Month program starting at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25, in Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd.

Guest speaker Dr. Cynthia Fleming will discuss the role played by local and national youth in the Civil Rights era.

“Fleming was the first black woman to earn a (doctorate degree) in history from Duke University,” a Town press release stated.

“In 1982, she became one of the first two black women faculty members in UT’s College of Arts and Sciences. She chaired and oversaw the growth of UT’s African-American Studies program,” the released futher stated.

The program begins with the Presentation of Colors by Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol Color Guard and includes a performance by the Royal YOUth Dance Ensemble, a local nonprofit organization that provides a safe, creative outlet for youth. Winners of the “Making Their Mark” essay contest also will be recognized.

Following the program, a reception hosted by Farragut Museum Committee will include finger foods and the music and artwork of local performer W. James Taylor.

Annual event

Town of Farragut annually hosts a Black History Month presentation, which has occurred both in Farragut Museum and in the boardroom of Town Hall, both of which are currently under renovation.