276. Black History Month in Nashville

Nashville’s calendar in February is filled with events celebrating Black History Month. From art exhibits to musical performances, Music City is honoring the contributions of African-Americans to our society.

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These are just some of the events happening in February to celebrate Black History Month.

African American History Tour
Gray Line
February 1-28
All month long, Gray Line of Tennessee is offering a special Black History Month tour. You will discover the rich culture of the black community within Nashville while stopping at Fisk University, Jefferson Street, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and more. Also, the tour includes admission to Ryman Auditorium.

Black History Month
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President
February 4-25
Each year Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage commemorates those enslaved both on the estate and the country with programs all month long. The events are Songs of Freedom: An Interactive Kid’s Program on February 4, Researching African-American Family History and Genealogy on February 11, Slavery in the White House With Jesse Holland on February 18, and the Annual Memorial Service on February 25.

Nashville Conference on African-American History and Culture
Tennessee State University
February 10
Join Tennessee State University’s College of Liberal Arts and the Metropolitan Historical Commission for a celebration of the contributions of African-Americans to Nashville and Tennessee history.

Mandela: Let Freedom Reign
Looby Center Theater
February 10
Darryl Van Leer will be the guest speaker for a night of celebrating black history.

Free Screenings of “Hidden Figures”
Opry Mills Stadium
February 11, 12, 18, 19
The International Black Film Festival will be hosting free screenings of “Hidden Figures” at Opry Mills Stadium.

The History of North Nashville: Building a Community; Challenging Jim Crow
Tennessee State Museum
February 15
This is a Lunch & Learn inviting all to hear a program presented by Dr. Learotha Williams, Associate Professor of African American and Public History.

Sips & Stanzas: Soul Food – The Connection of Food, Music & Culture
Swett’s Restaurant
February 16
Discover the connection between soul food and music during this special event put on by the National Museum of African American Music.

Poetry & the African American Experience with Frank X Walker
Global Education Center
February 17-18
Poet Frank X Walker will speak and teach about poetry and how it has become the genre for many people who feel silenced by the oppressed.

Sistas: The Musical by Dorothy Marcic
Z. Alexander Looby Theater
February 17-March 5
The musical features a group of sisters sorting through a family member’s belongings revealing past hardships and times of adversity. It will include many popular songs like “Oh, Happy Day,” “Stormy Weather,” and more.

Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey with Jasmine Guy & The Avery Sharpe Trio
February 24
Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey is a work of art to celebrate and honor the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement, and imagery.

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. Not only that, but their calendar is filled with events to celebrate Black History Month. Check out the calendar.

276. Black History Month in Nashville

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