June 16 Celebrations in Knoxville – The Tennessee Tribune


friday june 17

Racial Justice Town Hall, Part XXII: Two Years Later… Where Are We? This in-person and virtual panel hosted by the Beck Cultural Exchange Center comes two years after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota sparked public protests and discussion of racial injustice. The Beck Center is continuing these discussions with a panel consisting of local civil rights activist Theotis Robinson, Knoxville NAACP Reverend John Butler, Knoxville Community Safety Director LaKenya Middlebrook, and Knoxville Utility Board Diversity Analyst Tanisha Fitzgerald-Baker.

When: Friday 4 p.m. Where: 1927 Dandridge Ave. Register virtually: youtu.be/DVPWv16YbtI

Saturday June 18

Juneteenth Tribute Exhibition. The Beck Center will unveil a musical art exhibit that pays homage to the history of Juneteenth. Artists Ty Murray and Daniel Craft will unveil a Juneteenth piano that will be placed in the center of the Beck Center lawn. The piano will be installed as part of the Knoxville Piano Project, which places decorated pianos across the city for everyone to play. The Beck Center will also display white roses at its permanent outdoor “Emancipation” exhibit to honor those officially enslaved in Texas. When: Saturday 10 a.m. Where: 1927 Dandridge Ave. Learn more: beckcenter.net/juneteenth#JExhibit

Emancipation stories at Mabry-Hazen House. The Mabry-Hazen House, showcasing generations of family artifacts and heirlooms, will share stories of emancipation from enslaved local communities. Visitors will learn how slaves connected to House Mabry-Hazen gained their freedom and fought to dismantle American chattel slavery. Three tours will take place at 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m. Admission is free, reservations are encouraged, and donations are appreciated. When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Where: 1711 Dandridge Ave. Reserve a spot: mabryhazen.com/events/juneteenth

Empowerment Day. The Knoxville Area Urban League presents its various services to the community during the weekend of June 16th. The event will include a radiation clinic, voter registration services, child support advice, driver’s license reinstatement information, music from 99.7 FM WJBE and a food truck local. When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Where: 1514 East Fifth Ave. Sign up for Radiation Clinic: [email protected]

Sunday June 19

Green McAdoo Juneteenth celebration. Join the Green McAdoo Cultural Center in celebrating Juneteenth at its second annual festival. This year, the center will host a hair salon, cake walk, bingo and live music from 3:30 p.m. until sunset. Kids can also make tie-dye shirts for Father’s Day. Food trucks include Deep South Fish Shack, Chick-n-Sack, and Kona Ice. When: 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: 101 School St. in Clinton, Tennessee Learn more: greenmcadooculturalcenter.org/event/juneteenth2022

June 19 Father’s Day Dinner. Celebrate Juneteenth and Father’s Day at a Juneteenth Father’s Freedom Dinner hosted by the Beck Center. The event will feature live music from Jazzspirations with Brian Clay and will be hosted by Chris Baylock of Heart & Soul Catering. Tickets are $35 per person. When: 4 p.m. Where: 1927 Dandridge Ave. Buy tickets: beckcenter.net/juneteenth#JFathers


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