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Celebration of Black Excellence

David C. MillsJoin us Thursday, February 25 for the Fourth Annual Celebration of Black Excellence, featuring keynote speaker David C. Mills, as part of our monthly College Conversations: Allyship and Antiracism series. The event is co-hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Life, Black History Month Planning Committee, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The virtual celebratory event honors the culture, legacy, and accomplishments of the Black community. Students will perform and provide short orations before David Mills presents his keynote address. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register at

David Mills is the director of health sciences, government relations and advocacy for UT. He studied Afro-American studies, history, and political science at UT. Mills is one of 15 children born into a family of strong, active faith. He was elected to political office at 25 and has served as a consultant for the Iowa Health Information Network, Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Vanderbilt University, and Tennessee State Government. Mills is the author of essays, two plays, and a book, Unholy: The Slaves Bible. He is completing his second book, Madame Speaker: The Women of the Tennessee General Assembly.