303. Black History Month

Nashville’s calendar in February is filled with events celebrating Black History Month. From art exhibits to theatrical performances, Music City is honoring the contributions of African Americans to our society. Below are a few of the places hosting amazing events to celebrate the occasion. MartinLuther

Black History Month
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President
February 2-27
Each year Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage commemorates those enslaved both on the estate and the country with programs all month long. Make sure to mark your calendar for the Memorial Concert & Wreath-Laying ceremony on February 20, and the multimedia program “Sister’s Voices” by Dr. Naima J. Bush on February 27.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Nashville Children’s Theatre

February 25-March 13
See the heroic story of Rosa Parks and her stand against injustice come to life with the Nashville Children’s Theatre.

The Civil Rights Collection
Nashville Downtown Library
The collection at the Nashville Public Library features black & white photos from the Civil Rights era in Nashville and a circular table in the center of the room representing the lunch counters of Nashville – locations of many sit-in protests that fueled the Civil Rights Movement.

Nashville Jazz Workshop
Multiple Nashville Locations
February 5-20
The Nashville Jazz Workshop will host many concerts & events throughout February that showcases the history of African American music and highlight certain individuals like Nat “King” Cole.

National Museum of African American Music
Multiple Nashville Locations
February 3-21
To celebrate the many contributions African Americans have made to music and American culture the National Museum of African American Music has joined forces with the Nashville Public Library to put on a series of programs called From Nothing to Something.

The Civil War and Reconstruction
Tennessee State Museum
The exhibit features a section devoted to Tennessee’s African-American Union soldiers.

I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage
Tennessee State Museum
Open until June 24
The exhibit allows you to hear the stories of the many Tennessee African American men and women who made their mark on American music.

Road through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial
Tennessee State Museum
Open until May 15
Artist Jessica Ingram traveled across the American South taking photos of many historical sites where the Civil Rights movement took place. Those photos, along with oral histories by Jessica Ingram, are now on display at the Tennessee State Museum.

The Civil Rights Movement in Nashville and Beyond
Vanderbilt University
February 10-25
Vanderbilt University has two upcoming events this February including a panel discussion at the Sarratt Cinema with the topic being Recovering Lost Voices: Robert Penn Warren and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement on February 10, and a lecture at the Langford Auditorium by Civil Rights Activist Diane Nash on February 25.

303. Black History Month

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