The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a proposal to rename the building previously known as the Black Cultural Center for alumni Ron and Don Frieson.
Introducing the Frieson Black Cultural Center
The popular student programming and support building located on Melrose Avenue is now named the Frieson Black Cultural Center. Ron and Don Frieson (pronounced fry-son) are African-American identical twins from Memphis who attended UT in the late 1970s. The renaming recognizes the Frieson’s $1 million gift to the facility, and their leadership and commitment to diversity.
The gift will help the Office of Multicultural Student Life provide additional academic support, diversity workshops, peer mentoring, and leadership development opportunities based from the Frieson Black Cultural Center.
“The Friesons’ generous gift and the renaming of the cultural center will help raise the visibility of diversity at UT and improve the familial atmosphere and feeling of ‘home’ at this facility.”
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek