Chattanooga professor, musician, philanthropist and television host Booker T. Scruggs II has died. He was 74.

Friends and family have been sharing memories about the saxophone and clarinet player, who spent years teaching at UTC. He also hosted and produced long-running public affairs show “Point of View.”

He was a Chattanooga sit-in participant and active in community organizations, including lifetime memberships in Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the NAACP, according to the bio on his website.


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Countless community members have taken to social media to express condolences to Scruggs’ family and share the effect Scruggs had on them and the city.

People have described him as “a class act,” “an icon” and “an inspiration.”

They wrote about his talent, intelligence and knack for providing encouragement.