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Beck Cultural Exchange Center 5th Annual Eighth of August Jubilee
Beck Cultural Exchange Center, in remembrance of the history of emancipation in Tennessee, will hold its Fifth Annual Eighth of August Jubilee. The theme of the 2019 red carpet event is Racism, Justice & The Right to Vote: The Fight for Freedom 1919. A century ago, the Knoxville branch of the NAACP was formed, the National Guard was called in during the race riots in the heat of a red summer, and women went to the polls for the first time. The Jubilee is a special presentation of history and culture and also will include the screening of “The Evers,” the family’s story of civil rights leader Medgar Evers by award-winning producer Loki Mulholland. Joining Mulholland will be Reena Evers, daughter of Medgar Evers.
A VIP reception begins at 4 p.m. and will include a private screening of “Knoxville’s Red Summer: The Riot of 1919,” produced by East Tennessee PBS and featuring never-seen-before footage of Knoxville immediately following the riots.
General admission is at 5:45 p.m., and the main program will start at 6:30 p.m. Each ticket includes a complimentary copy of the recently re-released book “The Heat of a Red Summer,” by Robert J. Booker valued at $15.