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An email of Charlette Clark's memories of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) and BCC Director Mayme Martin. The email was sparked by Clark viewing the Tennessee Tech Archives's digital exhibits on the BCC. Clark attended Tennessee Tech University as an undergraduate student in the Geology Department from 1992-1997. She graduated in 1997.

2020-12-02

Clipping from page 3 of the October 6, 1989 issue of the Tech Times faculty and staff newspaper.

1989-10-06

An email of Charlette Clark's memories of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) and BCC Director Mayme Martin. The email was sparked by Clark viewing the Tennessee Tech Archives's digital exhibits on the BCC. Clark attended Tennessee Tech University as an undergraduate student in the Geology Department from 1992-1997. She graduated in 1997.

2020-12-02

Pages 3-5 from the Tennessee Tech University Communication/Journalism Program's biannual Eagle Eye magazine. The article discusses Corinne Johnson's experiences growing up and starting college as an African American in Chicago, Illinois, and visiting Memphis, Tennessee; what Chicago was like during the 1960s; her work in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Tennessee Tech; the racism that underrepresented students face on campus at Tech; and the current racial climate in the United States. The article includes three photographs of Johnson and one photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2020-12

Audio recording of an interview of Laishka Bruno by Aaron Stewart conducted over Zoom for the Black Cultural Center Oral History Project. The recording duration is 54 minutes, 16 seconds. Bruno studied mechanical engineering at Tennessee Tech University from 2008 to 2014, with a year and a half break for a co-op at General Electric. Bruno discusses her background growing up in a military family with Puerto Rican heritage and living in Fort Hood, Texas; Germany; and Tennessee. She describes what school was like for her growing up, why she decided to attend Tennessee Tech, why she picked her major, the challenges of being a Hispanic and woman student in engineering classes and at Tech, her favorite projects while at Tech and difficult classes, how she lived on and off campus during her time at Tech, and her experience with her co-op. She details her college extracurricular activities with the National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineering Joint Council, the Multicultural Affairs peer mentoring program, Engineering a Future, E-Week, and Theta Tau. She follows that with a discussion of four Tech employees who influenced her: Dr. Robert Owens, Marc Burnett, Dr. Kristine Craven, and Dr. Elizabeth Ojo. Bruno describes her work with PepsiCo Frito-Lay and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed her work environment. She follows by discussing how she used the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center (BCC) and the influence of the BCC on her. She describes the subtle racism she experienced in Cookeville and how she and her friends did not feel safe going out alone. Bruno details her career path after she graduated, her school and career accomplishments that she is most proud of, what her life is like, and some of her favorite and challenging memories from Tech. Bruno ends with advice for underrepresented students at Tech and offers mentorship assistance to students. Throughout the interview, Stewart compares his experience as a student and in Cookeville to Bruno’s experience. For a transcript of the recording, see item BCCOH_Bruno_20210108_transcript.

2021-01-08

Audio recording of an interview of Damon Prince by Joshua Egwuatu conducted over Zoom for the Black Cultural Center Oral History Project. The recording duration is 1 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds. Prince attended Tennessee Tech University off and on from 1992 to 2014. Prince discusses his background in a military family, why he decided to attend Tennessee Tech, how Cookeville was different from other places he lived, how changes to high school academic requirements made him ineligible to play football at Tech, his interest in music and career in music, what it was like being a minority student at Tennessee Tech, university employees and friends that pushed and helped him graduate, how he got involved with the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center (BCC), how students used the Black Cultural Center, his career in human resources, and his work for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Princes gives advice to students and Egwuatu. Egwuatu compares his experiences with the BCC and college with Prince’s experiences. For a transcript of the recording, see item BCCOH_Prince_20210112_transcript.

2021-01-20

24 page transcript of an interview of Damon Prince by Joshua Egwuatu conducted over Zoom for the Black Cultural Center Oral History Project. Prince attended Tennessee Tech University off and on from 1992 to 2014. Prince discusses his background in a military family, why he decided to attend Tennessee Tech, how Cookeville was different from other places he lived, how changes to high school academic requirements made him ineligible to play football at Tech, his interest in music and career in music, what it was like being a minority student at Tennessee Tech, university employees and friends that pushed and helped him graduate, how he got involved with the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center (BCC), how students used the Black Cultural Center, his career in human resources, and his work for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Princes gives advice to students and Egwuatu. Egwuatu compares his experiences with the BCC and college with Prince’s experiences. For the interview audio, see item BCCOH_Prince_20210112.

2021-01-20

19 page transcript of an interview of Laishka Bruno by Aaron Stewart conducted over Zoom for the Black Cultural Center Oral History Project. Bruno studied mechanical engineering at Tennessee Tech University from 2008 to 2014, with a year and a half break for a co-op at General Electric. Bruno discusses her background growing up in a military family with Puerto Rican heritage and living in Fort Hood, Texas; Germany; and Tennessee. She describes what school was like for her growing up, why she decided to attend Tennessee Tech, why she picked her major, the challenges of being a Hispanic and woman student in engineering classes and at Tech, her favorite projects while at Tech and difficult classes, how she lived on and off campus during her time at Tech, and her experience with her co-op. She details her college extracurricular activities with the National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineering Joint Council, the Multicultural Affairs peer mentoring program, Engineering a Future, E-Week, and Theta Tau. She follows that with a discussion of four Tech employees who influenced her: Dr. Robert Owens, Marc Burnett, Dr. Kristine Craven, and Dr. Elizabeth Ojo. Bruno describes her work with PepsiCo Frito-Lay and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed her work environment. She follows by discussing how she used the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center (BCC) and the influence of the BCC on her. She describes the subtle racism she experienced in Cookeville and how she and her friends did not feel safe going out alone. Bruno details her career path after she graduated, her school and career accomplishments that she is most proud of, what her life is like, and some of her favorite and challenging memories from Tech. Bruno ends with advice for underrepresented students at Tech and offers mentorship assistance to students. Throughout the interview, Stewart compares his experience as a student and in Cookeville to Bruno’s experience. For the interview recording, see item BCCOH_Bruno_20210108.

2021-02-03

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