Friday, March 23, 2007

Knoxville Hosts Rally Against Discrimination

U.T. Affiliates and Knoxville Community Members Rally in Support of Dr. George
White, Jr.

University of Tennessee faculty, staff, and students as well as Knoxville
community members will hold a march and rally on Tuesday, March 27. The event
begins at 3:30 pm at the Humanities Plaza and Amphitheater located on the U.T.
campus. Participants will march from the Humanities Plaza to the
Administration building behind Circle Park. for a rally featuring speakers
from both the University of Tennessee and Knoxville communities. The event
will end at approximately 4:30 pm.


The event is being organized and sponsored by groups such as the Black Faculty
and Staff Association, Students for a Progressive Society, Jobs with Justice
of East Tennessee, the U.T. chapter of the NAACP, United Campus Workers, and
the Progressive Student Alliance in response to the culture of discrimination
that is being perpetuated by the University administration. The march and
rally is being held in direct response to the wrongful denial of tenure for
Dr. George White, Jr. Dr. White was overwhelmingly recommended for tenure by
his peers in the University's History Department. He was later denied tenure
by the Dean of Arts and Sciences Bruce Bursten, Chancellor Loren Crabtree, and
President John Petersen on the basis of the unsubstantiated claims of a single
individual.

The organizers and sponsors of this event welcome and encourage interested
students, faculty, staff, and community members to attend.

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