The Usable Past workshop series returns Thursday, August 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 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.