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Elandria Williams Reading & Reasearch Room


The Research Room is named after visionary and social justice activist Elandria Williams (1979-2020). Williams, a native of East Tennessee, shed light on the racial, economic, and disability injustices that impacted the local and global communities. They are known for their leadership and work at the Highlander Research and Education Center, the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, and beyond.



The Elandria Williams Reading and Research room is an extension of The Bottom's Community Fellowship Program and is a permanent, collaboration and co-working space. 

The room offers a collection of literature that focuses on Tennessee and Appalachian subjects, scholarly works with an emphasis on black studies and the African American struggle, intersections of economic, LGBTQ+, disability, and racial injustices/justice, while also featuring Black Tennessee and Appalachian authors. Together, these collections form a resource for documenting the Black experience. 

The Reasearch Room also offers several options for the Knoxville community; a computing station, co-working, research, study, and collaboration space. This space supports scholarly and community work and research. This room is available for general public use, free of charge during regular operating hours for individual or group work.

"I, you, and we are worthy and deserve a life where we are not always fighting for our existence," -Elandria Williams

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