Eighth of August celebrations at Beck

Suzanne CadaEast Knox, Our Town Arts

This Friday kicks off four days of events celebrating the Eighth of August Jubilee with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. The eighth of August is recognized as the Day of Emancipation from slavery in the state of Tennessee


Friday, August 5, on the Beck Cultural Center lawn at 7 p.m.
Evelyn Jack & The Summer Soul Whitty Band Concert
Bring a lawn chair, relax and enjoy. Party platter plates will be available for purchase from Allow Me Catering. This concert is free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 6, in Lonsdale at 11 a.m.
Lonsdale Homecoming Parade with Beck Emancipation Tribute
This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, August 7, at 7:30 a.m.
Libation Ceremony with special tribute to descendants of the enslaved at the Freedmen’s Mission Historic Cemetery at Knoxville College on Knoxville College Drive, 37921.

Monday, August 8, at the Historic Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m. (door at 6 p.m.)
“After Selma,” by Emmy-winning filmmaker Loki Mulholland.
The march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday galvanized a nation and forced the country to create the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Now, everyone could vote. What has happened since and what tactics are being used today to suppress voting rights? The fight for the right to vote continues. Featuring special guests, activists Jo Ann Bland and filmmaker Loki Mulholland. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $60 for VIP admission. VIP red carpet begins from 4-6 p.m. featuring a meet and greet with special guests, live entertainment by saxophonist Casey McClintock, former Artistic Director of Knoxville Opera Maestro Brian Salesky, and heavy hors d’ oeuvres by Allow Me Caterers.

For more information or to purchase tickets go here. Donations to the Beck Cultural Exchange Center help make these events possible

For info on other local events, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Suzanne Cada is deputy director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

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