Civil rights trailblazer Meredith headlines MTSU’s Feb. 14 Unity Luncheon

Tickets are now available for one of the most popular events of MTSU’s Black History Month celebrations: the 23rd annual Unity Luncheon.

The university’s 2019 Unity Luncheon will take place Thursday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Activist James Meredith, the first African-American student to attend the University of Mississippi, will present the keynote address: “Where There is Unity, There is Strength.”

Established in 1996, the Unity Luncheon pays homage to local “unsung heroes” — people aged 60 and older who have lived in Middle Tennessee for at least 25 years and made outstanding contributions to the community. This year’s honorees are:

• MTSU business professor Frank Michello, recognized for his work in education.
• Riverdale High School track coach Rickey Field, honored for his excellence in sports.
• Rutherford County Commissioner Chantho Sourinho, recognized as an advocate for civility.
• Martha Bigsby, honored for her community service.
• Carolyn Lester, recognized for her contributions to black arts.

Tickets are available online only through Friday, Feb. 1, at this website. They will not be available at the door.

Cost is $20 each for students and $35 for nonstudents. A table of 10 seats is available for $350.