Sunday, March 6, 2011


Black Violin Concert, Johnson City, TN

Black Violin performed to a sold out crowd at the Science Hill Auditorium Sunday February 27, 2011. A lot of positive feed back from the community was received by the Umoja Members. The concert was definitely unique with the style and high energy as Wil B and Kev exercised their skills.

To see a slideshow of the Black Violin Concert, please click here. Pictures courtesy HIS PRODUCTION TOO.

ETSU Black Faculty Banquet

To see a slideshow of the banquet, please click here. Pictures courtesy His Photography Too.

ETSU Black Faculty and Staff Association held their annual Black Heritage Banquet on Feb 12, 2011. The following individuals were honored:

Black Pioneers of ETSU

1st Black student/graduate (1955):  Eugene P. Caruthers

1st Black undergraduate students (1958)  Elizabeth Watkins Crawford, Clarence McKinney, George Nichols, Mary Luellen Owens Wagner.

1st Black faculty member:  Howard Young (Dept. of English)

1st Black Staff (1915):  Chef Hyder Bundy (Dinning Services)

Black Pioneers of James H. Quillen College of Medicine
First Black Graduates Male and Female:  Dr. Gregory Patterson (1983), Dr. Emma Thompson (1984)

First Black Faculty Member:  Dr. Elton G. Fennel -Family Medicine/Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Black Pioneers of ETSU Athletics

First Black athlete (basketball):  James Thomas (Tommy Woods (1964)

First Black Athlete (football):  Johnny Russaw (1964)

First Black Head Coach (women basketball):  Karen Kemp (1994)