Founded in 1920 to serve the needs of African American women and girls, the Phyllis Wheatley Center has evolved to meet the needs of the East Knoxville community for the past 100 years. Today, the Phyllis Wheatley Center is the main facility for the YWCA’s youth programs in East Tennessee and serves as a hub for the entire community.
YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Special Events
Phyllis Wheatley Center:
100 Years of Opportunity
Stand Against Racism
April 23-26, 2020
In partnership with YWCA USA and other other local agencies, YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley will raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our community. This year's theme will center on the importance of civic engagement and census participation for communities of color. More details coming soon.
Your Voice. Your Vote. Your Future.
July 30, 2020
YWCA's Summer Kids in Play Program (SKIPP) participants will create literary, artistic, musical, and/or theatrical work that incorporate what they've learned about suffrage, voting, and civic engagement to be presented at this free community event. Voter registration assistance will be available for families and East Knoxville community members throughout the summer.
Tribute to Women
September 10, 2020
YWCA's 36th annual event recognizing women who exemplify the mission of the YWCA: empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. This year's event will pay special recognition to the remarkable women who championed the mission of the Phyllis Wheatley Center over the past 100 years.
Phyllis Wheatley on the Grounds
October 30, 2020
A free community event shining a light on the programs and services at the Phyllis Wheatley Center, in partnership with neighbors and community supporters.
History of the Phyllis Wheatley Center
Share Your Story
Do you have a connection to the Phyllis Wheatley Center? We want to hear from you! Please contact Karlyn Reel at 865-523-6126 or firstname.lastname@example.org to share what the Phyllis Wheatley Center means to you and your family.