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.
|Exhibit: March 4th through April 30th, 2017|
4614 Asheville Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37914
THE BECK FAMILY ROOTS: The Generations Continue
Celebrating The 40th Anniversary of Alex Haley's American Classic
You are invited to attend the
East Tennessee Civil Rights Working Group (ETCRWG)
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Beck Cultural Exchange Center
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Supervisory Detention & Deportation Officer
ETCRWG, is an informal networking group of community leaders, civil rights advocates, area law enforcement agency representatives, and concerned citizens. It was founded on the principle that unity is our greatest asset in ensuring the civil rights of all persons in East Tennessee.
The ETCRWG meetings are held on the fourth, Tuesday of each month. The meeting location will alternate between the Arnstein Jewish Community Center and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center in Knoxville.
For More Information Contact
FBI Knoxville - Public Affairs
Main: (865) 544-0751
Desk: (865) 602-7250
Women's History Month
"The Place Where African American History & Culture Are Preserved"
|MRS ETHEL BENSON BECK (1897 – 1970)|
Mrs. Ethel B. Beck was born and reared in Morristown, Tennessee and received her education at Morristown Normal College. Mrs. Beck came to Knoxville to live after her marriage to Mr. James G. Beck. The Beck Cultural Exchange Center is named in their honor.
In the summer of 1919, a group of public spirited citizens, sensing a need for the care and protection of the unfortunate children of the Negro Race, met and formed a Board of Management for the establishment of a Colored Orphanage. Money was raised to purchase the property at 1835 Brandau Avenue, an old frame structure. The improvements needed proved a weight about the neck of the institution and for a while the whole enterprise seemed headed for foreclosure.
About this time a noble spirited woman, Ms. Ethel Beck, was elected to head the Board Management, and in less than two years, the debt was liquidated and the home saved. Mrs. Beck announced that she would have a brick first class building erected free from debt. It seemed an idle dream, but in 1939 it was completed without debt. It was well known that the dream was realized by the labor, love and money of Ms. Beck. In 1941, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to change the name to the “ETHEL BECK HOME.” A monument, to the faithful work of a noblewoman.
In Honor of Women’s History Month
Beck Recognizes an Extraordinary Pioneer
Mrs. Ethel Benson Beck
Come out join me,
your city council candidate for my
We will have live entertainment, music, food, beverages.
Uniques Banquet Hall ( Formerly the Broker)
March 24, from 7p to 11p
We will mix and mingle
and have an evening of fun,
you will get a chance
to hear from me an my views and platform for 6 District.
FREE- FREE- FREE -
Bring your friends and family because your vote counts.
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For donating fabric...stuffing and a Sewing Machine to Pillow Sols by Aahilaya
Her Pillows are $5
To Everyone sold...she will Give one away to the Kids in Hospitals..Veterans and the Homeless.....
Support Sols Magazine It has been about a month. Sol's has taken our young lady, with help from the community to a whole new level. Please contact Sols and ask what you can do. Here in Tennessee we take great pride in helping ours. So I ask that if you have sewing equipment. Extra materials and fabric you will never use. Please contact Sherri Williams or me AndyClyde regardless of were you are
What's going on at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center?
This Black History Month feature presentation on Wednesday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Beck will open with the sounds of the West African Drummers Live. Dinner will be provided and following the (1) one hour documentary there will be an open discussion and dialogue. The entire community is welcome including church congregations.
This event is free and open to the public and seating is limited.
Please reserve your seat today by emailing BeckEvent@BeckCenter.net or you may contact us at 865.524.8461.
This event is being sponsored in partnership with our friends at
East Tennessee PBS.
Mrs. Vivian Underwood Shipe
President of the Local 406 Union National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees
Member Compassion Knoxville Task Force
Doctoral Scholar at Grand Canyon University
Class President of the Austin-East Class of 1973
Advocate for the homeless and the mentally ill.
On the Governors Committee on Transparency and Open Government
Member of the Board of Directors Office on aging
Site coordinator and on the executive committee for the Knoxville Community Health Fair .
CEO and Founder at
I Am The Voice of the Voiceless
The Neighborhood Conference
March 11, 2017 ♦ Knoxville Convention Center
Sponsorships Contact David Massey • 215-3232 • email@example.com
Registration Feb. 7 – March 7 at Neighborhoods
Attendance There were 700 participants in 2015. We expect to equal
or surpass that number in 2017.
Convention Center This event will occupy the Cumberland and Henley
concourses, as well as the entire ballroom.
Doors open at
7:30 a.m. Conference ends at 2:30 p.m.
Attendees will enjoy breakfast
while networking with city and
county officials, neighborhood
leaders, and other
Mayors Rogero and Burchett
will open the conference.
Workshops Twenty workshops will address topics ranging from crime
prevention and community schools to creative ways that
neighborhoods can build a greater sense of community.
Youth The City is working with our partners to provide opportunities
for middle and high school students to attend the conference
and learn about local government.
Information Booths Attendees will have time to visit over 80 information booths set
up by corporate sponsors, governmental agencies, and various
neighborhood-related nonprofits such as Keep Knoxville
Beautiful and Great
Luncheon Plenary Mayor Rogero will present the Good Neighbor of the Year
Award. Neighborhoods will show off their neighborhood tee
shirts, and tee shirt contest winners will be announced.
Neighborhood Photos A continuous-loop slide show in the ballroom will feature
scenes from neighborhood cleanups, social gatherings and
other events. Sponsor names and logos will be included.
Conference Notebook Each attendee will receive a conference notebook that includes
the program, sponsor recognitions, and other materials.
Door Prizes Drawings for a wide variety of donated door prizes will take
place at the end of the conference.
More Information Follow our progress — speakers, workshops, booths, sponsors
and entertainment — at www.knoxvilletn.gov/neighborhoods
and on Facebook (search for Knoxville Neighborhoods).
Even groundhogs have a day!I knew I had to do something to uplift the stories of women like me who live as musicians in the jazz community, women like me who work hard to be recognized in a male-dominated industry, women like me who are looking to honor the past while inspiring the future. My name is Kelle Jolly and I am a ukulele-playing jazz singer & media personality with a mission!
Why do we need the Women in Jazz Jam Festival?
I started planning the first WOMEN IN JAZZ JAM FESTIVAL to shine a light so brightly on the stories of women, that no one could deny their contributions of creativity, strength and wisdom.
The Women in Jazz Jam Festival will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, March 10th-12th, 2017. March is Women’s History Month and Music in Our Schools Month. The purpose of the festival is to uncover the stories of women in all aspects of the jazz genre, throughout the jazz community. Knox County students will be on spring break and are encouraged to attend workshops and performances.
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