Knoxville vice mayor proposes funding, task force & formal apology to Black community for city’s past urban renewal efforts

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Vice mayor Gwen McKenzie is proposing that the Knoxville City Council apologize for council predecessors’ removal policies that impacted mostly Black residents decades ago, including that of segregation.

The resolution agenda item in the city council meeting packet is described as, “A Resolution to acknowledge and apologize for past actions hurting African Americans and to address equity restoration…

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