Olympic breaker to speak at Civil Rights Conference

Carmarry “Pep-C” Hall, a professional break-dancer who is a member of the first U.S. Olympic break team at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, will be a featured guest speaker at the 24th annual University of Tennessee at Martin Civil Rights Conference.

Hall is scheduled to speak and perform at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium.

“She will be sharing her journey in the music industry, in hip-hop and her journey to the Olympics,” said Henri Giles, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Media and Strategic Communication and chairperson of the Civil Rights Conference.

“I think her being here will inspire students to learn how to work hard, have focus and set goals they can achieve.”

The conference also features a Student and Professional Networking event at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, in Room 230 of the Boling University Center. This is the second year this event has been incorporated into the Civil Rights Conference.

The event features a panel of professionals who actively work in civil rights fields related to politics, culture, economics and other areas and is an opportunity for students to make real-world connections.

“The panel is a chance for students to come, hear what the panelists do and find out how to navigate that path into a particular career,” said Giles.

“At UT Martin, we are tucked away off the beaten path, but are able to bring renowned speakers to our campus, and I think it is extraordinary to expose our students to these great minds.”

More information about the UT Martin Civil Rights Conference can be found at www.utm.edu/civilrightsconference.

Photo: Carmarry “Pep-C” Hall is shown performing. She will be a member of the first U.S. Olympic breaker team in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

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