Beck Cultural Exchange Center Knoxville, Tennessee
Beck Cultural Exchange CenterKnoxville, Tennessee

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You are cordially invited to join us on

Friday, April 7 at 1:00pm for a

Special Dedication of the Cal F. Johnson Memorial Plaque Presented by

Marble Alley Lofts

Downtown Knoxville, 300 State Street

 

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center is proud to partner with

Mr. Buzz Goss and Marble Alley Development on this very special tribute.

 

 

About Cal F. Johnson

Born into slavery, Cal F. Johnson (1844-1925) was undoubtedly the most successful African American businessman in Tennessee at the turn of the twentieth century.  Johnson owned the city’s only horse track and the first airplane to come to Knoxville landed on his property.  Johnson operated a grocery store, managed several saloons and leased properties.  The Johnson family plot is located in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. 

 

About Marble Alley Lofts

Marble Alley Lofts, A joint venture with TDK Construction, and RAM Partners Property

Management, LLC. Marble Alley Lofts is a new, exciting, and upscale mid-rise apartment

community coming to life in the very heart of historic downtown Knoxville at 300 State

Street. This new venture is the creation of developer Buzz Goss, who has described

Marble Alley Lofts as a “transformative piece” in Knoxville’s evolving downtown

landscape. Several developmental phases are planned, including residential apartments

and retail and commercial spaces.

Octavia Butler’s Kindred

A SPECIAL GUIDED BOOK DISCUSSION

Led by Dr. Michelle Commander, University of Tennessee Department of English and Africana Studies Program and joined by Tatia Harris, Andrew Swafford & Reneé Kesler
 

Kindred follows Dana Franklin, a contemporary African-American woman from the 1970s, when she is forced back to the era of plantation slavery in the 19th century.

Dr. Commander about Kindred:

"What sets this novel apart from other neo-slave narratives is that Dana interacts with her ancestors and experiences the everyday life of slavery directly (including the community building, violence, and loss), but her foremost purpose when she is transplanted to the nineteenth century is to save the rambunctious Rufus Weylin, a young white boy whose family owns her enslaved forebears."


Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
East Tennessee History Center 

601 South Gay Street

 

This program is a part of Knox County Public Library’s Books Sandwiched In focus on diversity and is presented in partnership with UT's College of Arts and Sciences East Tennessee Historical Society, and Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Books Sandwiched In is sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Kindred Panel Discussion
Kindred flyer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [553.5 KB]

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017 | 6PM | BECK

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.  On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated, Dr. King gave a revolutionary speech at Riverside Church in New York City,

BEYOND VIETNAM:

A TIME TO BREAK SILENCE.

 

 

In an excerpt from that speech Dr. King declared, “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

 

 

Fifty years late√Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.  On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated, Dr. King gave a revolutionary speech at Riverside Church in New York City,

BEYOND VIETNAM:

A TIME TO BREAK SILENCE.

 

 

In an excerpt from that speech Dr. King declared, “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

 

 

Fifty years later, where are we as a nation?

Join us as we dialogue and commemorate this important speech and its relevance to us today.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethereal Metamorphosis

Reception:

Monday, March 20th   4PM to 8PM

Exhibit: March 4th through April 30th, 2017

Burlington Library 4614 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37914

My Spiritual Journey With God - James Boston Bussell
Book Signing and Conversation
Book Signing Release Update.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [140.6 KB]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2017

BLACK FAMILY PHOTO EXHIBITION

Submit Your Family Photo To Be A Part Of The Black Family Exhibition

 

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2017 to BECKFAMILY@BECKCENTER.NET 
 
This year marks the 40-year anniversary of Alex Haley’s American Classic, Roots, a story that sparked an extraordinary dialogue about slavery and ignited a new interest in GENEALOGY.  
As we celebrate this 40-year milestone we celebrate the Black Family.
 
In honor of Black History Month and in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Roots, Beck announces its Black Family Photo Exhibition.


Participants are asked to submit a family photo for a Special Feature Exhibition that will be completed during the

2017 Dogwood Arts Festival.
Alan Jones, an accomplished artist who paints under the pseudonym “Theophilus,” has been commissioned to lead this premier Art Exhibition in partnership with Beck and the Dogwood Arts Festival. 
The Beck Family Photos submitted will be incorporated into the exhibit.

 
Please submit your Black Family Photo electronically no later than

February 28, 2017 to BeckFamily@BeckCenter.net.
 

In addition to photos being used in the Black Family Exhibition, photos will also become a permanent part of the Beck Archives.  Participants are asked to submit along with their photo: the names of all family members as they apper in the photo, information on the year the photo was taken, and any additional information for the Beck Archives. 

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS PARTY

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 5pm-8pm

The Board and Staff of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center invite you and a guest to join us for our Annual Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 beginning at 5pm.

 

Featuring Live Music by Evelyn Jack & The Band

 

Holiday Carols Accompanied by David Turk  

 

Featuring DJ MC Reggie Jenkins of RJ’s Groovz at the Turntable

 

Let’s Celebrate The Holiday With Good Friends And Good Cheer!

 

Wednesday

December 21, 2016 

5PM – 8PM 

 

(Special Remarks At 5:30pm)

Please RSVP Your Intentions

You May Complete the RSVP Below or

 Call (865) 524-8461 Or

Email BeckEvent@Beckcenter.Net 

 

Overflow Parking at Mount Calvary Baptist Church

(1807 Dandridge Ave) with Shuttle Services Provided

Where to find us

Beck Cultural Exchange Center
1927 Dandridge Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915
 
Phone:865.524.8461

Email: beckcenter@beckcenter.net

 

Or use our Contact Form.

Museum Hours

Our museum is open during the following hours:

Tuesday - Saturday

10:00AM - 6:00PM

In the event of inclement weather we operate on the Knox County School Schedule.  Please See knoxschools.org.
Admission: FREE
Parking: FREE

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