KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 10, 2021) – The African American Equity Restoration Task Force will meet 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave. in Knoxville.
The meeting hosts and participants include Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie, Task Force members, Community Empowerment Director, and key city staff members.
The public is welcome to attend. To catch up on previous meetings, Community TV of Knoxville (CTV) has filmed the meetings, which can be accessed at ctvknox.org for on-demand viewing.
Information on the African American Equity Restoration Task Force, including its progress, meeting agendas, minutes and links to video of past meetings, visit KnoxvilleTN.gov/EquityTaskForce.
To request language translation services, contact Diversity and Inclusion Officer Tatia M. Harris at [email protected] or 865-215-2831. For disability accommodations, contact City ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook at [email protected] or 865-215-2034 at least 72 hours before the meeting.
ABOUT: The AAER Task Force was approved by City Council resolution (R-367-2020) to invest $100 million (resources) in Knoxville’s Black neighborhoods, which were destroyed in the city of Knoxville’s urban renewal projects in the 1950s and ‘60s. The task force is commissioned to study, review and identify strategic solutions to equitably support, and restore the disenfranchisement of Knoxville’s Black community with 21st Century strategies and resources. The AAER seeks to empower existing agencies supporting the community; develop policy, programs and recommendations to recoup/reestablish the generational wealth that was systemically buried in the concrete of roads and highways.