Historic King Week Took Place in Knoxville

Community and runners for race against racism celebrate Phyllis Wheatley YWCA 100 year anniversary. Photos by Vivian Shipe

KNOXVILLE, TN — Let Freedom Ring: Social Justice, Economic Empowerment, Love, Peace and Unity. This was the theme.for the 38th Annual King Week in Knoxville sponsored by the MLK Jr. Commemorative Commission under the leadership of Deborah Porter, Chair.

Eleven events and two historical occasions drew hundreds to events around the city.

Arts Tributes, performances with the Knoxville Symphony, a celebration choir, interfaith prayer services, symposiums, a race against racism and a community forum were among the many activities.

The week also kicked off the 100 year celebration of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA and the directing debut of Johnathan Clark, the new executive director of Carpetbag Theatre.

The event also recognized Community leaders at the annual Awards luncheon where Judge Pamela Reeves, retired criminal judge from Minneapolis MN was the keynote speaker.

The week concluded with a parade that ended at Overcoming Believers Church with a memorial tribute service.

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