PULASKI, Tenn. – Martin Methodist College (MMC) is excited to announce the February 2020 Sesquicentennial events line-up, all in coordination with Black History Month.
On February 7 at 6 p.m. in the Gault Fine Arts Recital Hall on MMC’s campus, MMC will present an “Evening of Jazz” concert, featuring music by Pulaski native John Birdsong and company and special commentary by John Fench Nelson, Walter Searcy, Senator Thelma Harper, Judge Richard Denkins, and John Birdsong. In memory of the late renowned architects James and Anne McKissack Brown, the concert is sponsored by Lena Brown Prince ‘65, the first African America graduate of MMC. Donations of $20 or higher are encouraged at the door, with all proceeds going to MMC.
On February 8, 9, and 13 at 7 p.m. in the Martin Hall Auditorium on MMC’s campus, MMC will present “Boycott.” Written by former MMC Director of Drama and star of the hit TV show Nashville David Alford, “Boycott” is a docudrama that tells the compelling true story of Pulaski’s response in the 1980s to the activities of white supremacists via actual accounts of the controversy. Dr. Kayla Wiggins, MMC English Professor, will serve as director.
On February 11 at 7 p.m. in the Gault Fine Arts Recital Hall on MMC’s campus, Lena Brown Prince will be joined by Gloria McKissack and John Fench Nelson for a panel addressing the national, local, and personal issues surrounding Civil Rights. Prince will open the panel with her inspiring story of her role in Pulaski’s integration; Dr. Judy Cheatham, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at MMC, will moderate.
“What a week at MMC!” said Dr. Cheatham. “The talent, the music, the history, the personal narratives—each night will feature a range of human experiences. As a College, we welcome our Giles County community to participate with us.”
Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing. Still changing lives after 150 years.