For Immediate Release
22 January 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Tunxis Hosts 4th Annual Black History Gala


Tunxis Community College invites the community to celebrate Black History Month at its 4th Annual Gala “Still I Rise” on Friday, February 19, 6 – 9 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Presented by the Office of Minority Affairs, the gala honors the history and heritage of African Americans through song, music, poetry and dance. Eric Clemons, a contributing reporter for Connecticut Public Television’s “All Things Connecticut” and former ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor, will give the keynote address entitled “Reconnecting With Our History.”

Featured performers include Quinn Mitchell, an accomplished soprano and alto saxophonist who has shared the stage with gospel recording artists such as Hezekiah Walker and recorded three Christmas and gospel music CDs, and Lynnette Johnson, a spoken word poet from Springfield, Mass. Purpose, a Hartford area liturgical dance group, will also be among the performances. 

The event is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 860.773.1430. Please call ahead if it appears inclement weather may postpone the event.

Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. For information on Tunxis, visit