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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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Come shop our curated collection of

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

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Upcoming Events

  • Feb 03, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Mighty Mud, 127 Jennings Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Gearing up for an amazing First Friday at Mighty Mud! Join us this Friday (2/3) for the opening reception of “Resist Repair Reclaim”, a community exhibition of our ceramics class led by Maggie Connolly, on view from Feb. 3 - 24.
  • Feb 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    What does it mean to rest? What does it mean to be well? Centering Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey, we will explore these questions together in a six-part series starting in February 2023.

"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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