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Saturday, February 17, 2024

"The History of African-Americans in Kingsport" - Presentation & Discussion


On Friday, February 23, 2024, all Douglass alumni are invited to hear "The History of African-Americans in Kingsport," the result of months of research, interviews with residents (many of them no longer with us), old photos and videos.

To know where we are going as people, alumni and a community, we have to know where we have been and how our lives were shaped by our neighborhood back when.  Back then, it took a village to raise a child and often it took a switch to be raised.

Also in attendance will be classes from Dobyns-Bennett High School as they learn about the importance of Black History Month in all of our lives.

There will also be a question-and-answer session after the history presentation, during which as Douglass alumni and Riverview residents, you'll be able to relate stories of growing up and living in Kingsport's Black community.

Douglass alumnus, and DB graduate/athlete Don Hickman will also speak and a small lunch will be provided at around 11:30.