On Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. the MLK Commemorative Commission and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center present a Juneteenth Celebration at the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn. Rev. Daryl Arnold, Overcoming Believers Church is the keynote speaker. Other performances: The Carpetbag Theatre will perform an excerpt from their production COVID Stories: When the Hugs Went Away; Knoxville’s Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon; Drums Up! Guns Down! By Indigenous Vibes (Obayana Ajanaku); The Nonviolent Hero Puppets; Preston Johnson (Soloist), Michael Rodgers (Soloist), DJ Kevin Sanford, Jack and Jill Oratorical Contest Winners; and Rev. Renee Kesler, Presiding.

 The event is free and open to the public, and will be held Rain or Shine under a tent. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets. CDC COVID Guidelines will be in place. Mike’s Food Truck will be on location, and One Knox Legacy Coalition will be present to disseminate voter registration information.

Other Juneteenth events tomorrow include:

  • New Emancipation Exhibit & Juneteenth Memorial Tribute. Hosted by Beck Cultural Exchange Center 10 a.m. 927 Dandridge Ave.
  • Juneteenth Day of Liberation & Liberation March @ Knoxville College. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Knoxville College, 901 Knoxville College Drive.
  • Mabry Hazen House– Stories of Emancipation. 10 to 3 p.m. 1711 Dandridge Ave.
  • Green McAdoo Cultural Center’s Juneteenth Celebration in Clinton. All day starting at 9:40 a.m. at 101 School Street