Mayor's Statement on Avon Rollins' Passing

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Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Mayor's Statement on Avon Rollins' Passing

Posted: 12/08/2016
Avon RollingsBelow, please see a statement from Mayor Madeline Rogero regarding the loss of local and national civil-rights leader Avon Rollins:

“Avon Rollins was a great champion for civil rights, in Knoxville and nationally. He was a leader as a University of Tennessee student, fighting for desegregation here, and he helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, which fueled the civil-rights movement nationally. Avon believed strongly in preserving and interpreting African-American history and culture, and he was a guiding force at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center for decades. I’m personally saddened by the loss of my friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many, many friends.”