Beck Cultural Exchange Center Knoxville, Tennessee
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*Students participating in the Beck Educational Scholarship may also submit their essay in the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest for a chance to earn a $5,000 or $3,500 college scholarship. Learn more at  (Also see the additional information attached below.)

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Information
* You may enter your essay in the Beck Educational Scholarship Contest to earn $2,000 AND you may also register to enter the same essay in the Regions Riding Forward Contest to earn a $5,000 or $3,500 scholarship. Students participating in the Beck Educational Scholarship should submit their essay to Students may also register and submit their essay in the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest at
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Beck Scholarship 2018
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In honor of Black History Month, the Gospel Choir of Knoxville Opera (Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir) will be presented in Concert on Friday, February 23,2018 at Pellissippi State Community College-Hardin Valley Campus. The choir is directed by Jeanie Turner Melton and is Free and Open to the public. It begins at 7:00p.m.


The Carpetbag Theatre 

Tickets Available at the Beck


Visit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission website for more information on all of the 2018 MLK events and join the Commission for as many activities as your schedule will allow.

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Expungement Clinic 2017 Color
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Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

2931 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

Beck is proud to co-sponsor alongside The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church for a special one-night only musical presentation on race in America, “Deeper Than The Skin,” with Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway.


Reggie and Greg were born three days apart, both with family ancestry flowing

through the same portal of American history, Richmond, VA. They are now on a

pilgrimage together - one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America started each of them in two very different worlds. But, the amazing bonds of music, mutual respect, sheer admiration, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues.


Their stories together form a unique American experience. The music that flows from their lives is powered by unadorned truth, raw and riveting, beautiful and uplifting. Echoing Gandhi, they believe that in telling our truths, we are able to rise up from the past and build bridges to the each other, and to the future. The concert will be interactive and there will be time at the end for questions and discussion.


Reggie Harris is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and the Music Education Director of the Living Legacy Project of the Unitarian Universalist Association, co-leading tours through the historic sites of the Civil Rights movement in the South. Solo, and in the duo Kim and Reggie Harris, he has led hundreds of programs on Race and Social Justice. Greg Greenway, one third of the successful folk trio, Brother Sun, has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Mountain Stage, and Car Talk. He’s played Carnegie Hall and had the honor for two years of having his song, “Rosa Parks,” play whenever the web page was opened.

Deeper Than The Skin Press Release
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You are invited to join in the Celebration  



@ The BECK


The Community Economic Development Network of East Tennessee (CEDnet) will be celebrating 20 Years!


CEDnet has continued to provide a place where all voices can be heard, history is kept alive and help is given to those who are treated unjustly. Come get reacquainted with old friends and meet some new ones.


This special event will consist of a reception with food provided by the Award-winning Austin East Magnet High School Culinary Department and entertainment by Mr. Brian Clay of the Jazzinspirations Live.


SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Please also join us for a very special presentation to the Beck Culture Exchange Center, the unveiling of the Howard “Luie Bluie” Armstrong Bust created by Mr. William Sarno.


Funding for this event is generously provided by Jefferson Federal Foundation.

CEDnet 20 Year Celebration Program
CEDnet 20 Year Celebration Program and Luie Bluie Unveiling to Beck
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FREE East Towne Health Fair 9.9.17

Make Plans To Join Us For The                           3rd Annual Eighth of August Jubilee 2017

Beck & Regions Bank 1st Scholarship Award

Congratulations Lala Hilizah

Congratulations to Nisrine Julius Hilizah (Lala) on being awarded the first $2,000.00 educational scholarship from Beck Cultural Exchange Center in partnership with Regions Bank!


Lala is a 2017 graduate of West High School and will be attending Sewanee, The University of the South, this coming fall semester.  


Lala was the overall winner of the 2017 Black History Month Essay Contest.


A Scholarship Luncheon was held in her honor on Wednesday, June 14 in the Executive Dining Room at Regions Knollwood Office.


Again, Congratulations Lala and best wishes as you continue your education! We are so proud of you!

Beck Receives PEACE AWARD

The Inaugural Presentation of the Rotary Club of Knoxville 2017 PEACE AWARD to the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.



The Rotary Club of Knoxville 

Hereby Honors The 


With The 



In Recognition of the Beck Center's Past And Ongoing Efforts To Make Our Community More Peaceful



Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -12 Noon

Rotary Peace Garden

Knoxville Museum of Art

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


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
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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,





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,





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


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


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

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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Previous Beck Events


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!



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


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