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Celebrating Juneteenth

Africana Studies Department Head and Professor Shayla C. Nunnally Violette and Crystal Hardeman-Ikem, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Inclusive Excellence in the Office of the Dean of Students, share information on the history of Juneteenth and ways we can all celebrate the nation’s youngest federal holiday.


The 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will take place on June 19, 2023. The route will run down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and end at the Dr. Walter E. Hardy Park, where the Beck Culture Exchange Center’s Juneteenth Celebration will start at noon.

Line-up will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Chilhowee Park, 3300 E. Magnolia Avenue. Step-off is at 10:00 a.m. UT is registered as a group, so it is unnecessary to register individually. We ask that you sign-up here so that we know how many to expect by June 13th. If you have questions, please email Quannah Washington at

Parking will be available at Overcoming Believers Church and Tabernacle Church. Those who park at Tabernacle Church can board at Cruze Street to be transported to Chilhowee Park. Boarding starts at 8:30 a.m. at Harriet Tubman Street at the KAT bus shelter across from The Change Center for transport to Beaman Street near the Chilhowee Park entrance. The shuttle service will park at Cruze Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to return participants who parked in the Overcoming Believers and Chilhowee parking area. Participants will be shuttled every 15 to 20 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., stopping at the three locations for loading and unloading participants. The shuttle services will end at 12:30 p.m.

For participants with limited mobility, a bus will be provided during the parade for you ride on.  Please note that need on the sign-up link.

At the end of the parade, the UT bus will make one trip back to Chilhowee Park. If you park there and need a ride back, please feel free to get on the bus. The bus’s capacity is 35 people. We look forward to seeing you on June 19!

For more information about this event, visit here.