This is a free event.
(plus applicable fees)
For more information, contact the Tennessee Theatre's Clinch Avenue Box Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or Saturday 10am-2pm at 865-684-1200.
When the Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928, it was segregated, like many other places in Knoxville and throughout the south. In the Spring of 1963, students from Knoxville College peacefully protested outside the Theatre, demanding entry into the movie palace. When management reversed its segregation policy, the film “To Kill A Mockingbird” was being screened at the Tennessee. The panel consists of civil rights activist, former city councilman and nonprofit director Bob Booker; Katy Jeffers, who was a freshman at East High School when it was integrated in 1964; and Quineka Moten, Director of Education and Youth Services at Knox Area Urban League. The panel will explore what Knoxville was like in the mid-1960s when this film was being shown in theaters, as well as covering perspectives and insights from today’s young African Americans. The panel discussion will be followed by the 1962 classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird” starring Gregory Peck.
This is a joint presentation of the Tennessee Theatre, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, and Knox Area Urban League in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and of the 55th Anniversary of the desegregation of the Tennessee Theatre.