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CREATING A SPACE WHERE WE CAN TAKE UP SPACE.

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Building  Community,

Celebrating Culture,

 & Engaging the

Creativity of Black People

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will. 

 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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Books at

The Bottom 

Come shop our curated collection of

 Black books every Friday & Saturday from 11am-5pm!

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Upcoming Events

  • May 27, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join us Friday (5/27) for our next Black Creatives Meet up, Game Night edition - we'll have an assortment of board games, card games & refreshments available!
  • May 28, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Saturday (5/28) at 11:30am, local author Story Time with Jatrean Sanders joins us for Story Time, she'll be reading her original story "Today Was Not The Same"!
  • Jun 03, 3:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join us in conversation with writer Jason B. Crawford! We'll be discussing Crawford's newest book of poetry, Year of the Unicorn Kids - tickets include a copy of the book!
  • Jun 07, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Online Event
    A confidential and non-judgemental space for support and healing for Black Knoxvillians and our surrounding community. We will discuss how we manage stressors and coping skills by loving on our culture, sharing resources, and building community as it relates to mental health and wellness.

"The Gem Theatre is now some sort of nightclub and Mulvaney Street is gone. Completely wiped out. Assassinated along with the old people who made it live. I looked over and saw that the lady who used to cry “Hot fish! Good hot fish!” no longer had a Cal Johnson Park to come to and set up her stove in...Mrs. Abrum and her reverend husband from rural Tennessee wouldn’t bring us any more goose eggs from across the street...All gone, not even to a major highway but to a cutoff of a cutoff. All the old people who died from lack of adjustment died for a cutoff of a cutoff." 

- Nikki Giovanni, an exerpt from "400 Mulvaney Street" 

Now Hall of Fame drive, Mulvaney Street was a monumental source of black community before Knoxville's Urban Renewal projects in 1959-1974. 
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