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Apr 06
Cale F. Johnson Dedication

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.​

Mar 25
Beck March Maddness

Beck March Madness 

March Madness Continues as April Showers Bloom

Women's History Month

"The Place Where African American History & Culture Are Preserved"

Women's History Featuring 

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Octavia Butler’s Kindred
The special guided book discussion will be 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.
TUESDAY | APRIL 4, 2017 | 6PM
Exhibit: March 4th through April 30th, 2017
Burlington Library
4614 Asheville Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37914


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)
Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Guest Speaker
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Supervisory Detention & Deportation Officer

Immigration Matters

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
Joyce McCants
FBI Knoxville - Public Affairs 
Main: (865) 544-0751
Desk: (865) 602-7250
Email: joyce.mccants@ic.fbi.gov

Women's History Month

"The Place Where African American History & Culture Are Preserved"

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​

Mar 18
David Gillette Kick-Off Party


Come out join me,
your city council candidate for my 
campaign kickoff.
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.


Bring your friends and family because your vote counts.

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Mar 01


TOO SHORT rocks UH6 this Summer!

at The Beautiful HARD ROCK RESORT of
RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO! June 8-12, 2017

Hard Rock Riviera Maya!
  • BONUS: All Room stays of 3 Nights or more are eligible for Resort Credits at the time of Check-in. An automatic 20% gratuity fee will be applied to used resort credits.

Feb 18
Sols Magazine

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Thanks to
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

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Feb 05
Black History Month at The Beck Cultural Exchange
What's going on at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center?

Black History Month​




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.

Event Registration

Jan 26
I AM The Voice of the Voiceless


Mrs. Vivian Underwood ​​Shipe 

The Voice

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



Jan 25
The Neighborhood Conference Connecting Neighborhoods

The Neighborhood Conference 

​Connecting Neighborhoods

Building Community

March 11, 2017 ♦ Knoxville Convention Center Sponsorships Contact David Massey • 215-3232 • dmassey@knoxvilletn.gov 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. Continental Breakfast Attendees will enjoy breakfast while networking with city and county officials, neighborhood leaders, and other 

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communityminded citizens Opening Plenary 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 Image may contain: 1 person, smiling

Schools Partnership. 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).

Jan 11
The Women in Jazz Jam Festival



Why do we need the Women in Jazz Jam Festival?
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!

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.

Dec 26
The SEO Myth of Going Viral

​If you’ve been to any SEO conferences over the past few years, you’ve likely heard something along the lines of this:

"Links are still really important for organic search rankings. But the way we go about getting those links has changed… it’s now all about content marketing."

The general premise is that great, "rank-worthy" content gets links, which in turn builds up your site’s authority, which subsequently gives a boost to the search rankings of both that specific content piece and the domain as a whole. And following the same logic, content that does spectacularly well in earning links ought to have spectacular and lasting SEO results.

Sounds great on paper, and it even makes sense when you think about it logically. You build better content that readers enjoy, so the quality of your site goes up, and Google rewards your ever-improving site with better rankings. Except that’s not what I’m seeing. Not by a long way.


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