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Useable Past Workshop: Spotlighting Successful Regional Development

August 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Useable Past Workshop: Spotlighting Successful Regional Development

The Usable Past workshop series returns ThursdayAugust 26 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through Zoom for an in-depth roundtable discussion on inclusion and diversity in this region. This free workshop is for tourism professionals and other interested individuals to help participants develop strategies towards inclusive tourism initiatives.

Participants can register for the event through the McKinney Center’s website at McKinneyCenter.com. Participants must register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

Speakers for this event include:

  • Kenneth Libby, Business Manager for the Children’s Defense Fund at the Alex Haley Farm
  • Adam Velk, Museum Director at Green McAdoo Cultural Center
  • Adam Dickson, Langston Centre Director
  • Dr. Daryl A. Carter, Director of the Black American Studies program at East Tennessee State University

Jules Corriere with the McKinney Center will moderate the Q&A session following the presentations.

The first part of the Useable Past series took place in April 2021 with speakers from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, Black in Appalachia and East Tennessee State University.

This workshop series is a collaboration between the McKinney Center, the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, the Langston Centre and the Black American Studies program at East Tennessee State University. The Langston Centre is a cultural facility that promotes multicultural awareness and workforce development through arts, education and leadership activities. Black American Studies serves a critical role for the College of Arts & Sciences and East Tennessee State University by offering high quality academic course offerings, superb programming and opportunities for personal growth through service.


About the Heritage Alliance: The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of this region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. For more information, visit heritageall.org or call 423.753.9580.

About the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington: The mission of the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington is to provide a comprehensive program through Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts which teaches various art skills to all participants through a quality program of instruction open to all segments of Jonesborough’s population. In addition, a primary mission of the Center is to enhance minority participation in the planning and implementation in all activities in Jonesborough while specifically celebrating the contribution of the African-American community in the growth and development of the Town. The activities of the McKinney Center are designed to enhance the quality of life of all Jonesborough residents.

About the Town of Jonesborough: A unique 18th century town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee, Jonesborough’s natural beauty, charming architecture, and storytelling heritage have attracted visitors worldwide. Stay a day, a week or forever, and create your own stories in beautiful Historic Jonesborough. Visit www.jonesborough.com for more information.


August 26, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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