There will be some road closures on UT Knoxville's campus Friday for the "United at the Rock Against Racism" event.
People will gather at the Rock at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The United at the Rock Against Racism event will take place at the Rock on the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street.
According to UT, Starting at 4 p.m., Volunteer Boulevard will be closed starting at 4 p.m. to all vehicular traffic between Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Todd Helton Drive.
Pat Head Summitt Street north of Volunteer Boulevard will be closed from Volunteer Boulevard to Andy Holt Avenue.
People exiting the G16 Garage, Stokely Hall, onto Patt Head Summitt Street will have to turn south and those exiting S23 Lot, which is behind the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, will be directed north onto Andy Holt Avenue.
The road closures will remain until the event is over and the area is clear. Davenport said more events like this will be announced over the next several weeks.
The event at the Rock was prompted because a white nationalist group said it was planning to launch a touring lecture series on campus later this month.
The University of Tennessee System is getting ahead of the planned talks, saying the group and white supremacists in general are not welcome on campus despite having been able to reserve a space for the lecture.
Following the event, the UTK Campus Ministry Council, with the support from the Student Government Association and the Faculty Senate, will hold a candle light gathering. It's being called United at the Rock. It's intended to be inclusive all people, regardless of religion as well as those who are not religious.
"The goal of the gathering is to give all people, guided by their faith or moral conviction, a shared opportunity to take a stand against racism and hate," the group said.
That part of the event ends at 5:30 p.m.