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Black History Month

Catch These Local Observances

  1. THEME FOR 2024 BLACK HISTORY MONTH
    This year's theme is "African Americans and the Arts" spanning the many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music and cultural movements. Each year's theme is set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, an organization founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter Woodson, the famed African American historian known as the Father of Black History. Since 1926, during the second week in February, Americans observed contributions to history from African Americans. The week is symbolic in that it was the same week of the birthdays of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and prominent abolitionist movement activist.  
     
  2. FEB. 8-10 AT SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER
    R&B legend and “Godmother of Soul” Patti LaBelle graces the stage to perform with the symphony's members. Tickets available on NashvilleSymphony.org.
  3. FEB. 10-11 5th ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXPO
    Spotlighting more than 100 black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, attendees can dance, drink, eat via food trucks and shop, all while empowering black businesses at The Fairgrounds Nashville.

  4. NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
    Materials exhibited in The Civil Rights Room of the Library contain various forms of information pertaining to Nashville’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

  5. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC
    Visit NMAAM at 510 Broadway on Feb. 7 for "Nissan Free Wednesdays," meaning admission is complimentary and sponsored by Nissan. 

  6. UNITED STREET TOURS
    This Civil Rights Walking Tour of Nashville offers a fascinating journey through the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement in the heart of Music City by exploring the city’s pivotal role in the pursuit for equality and inclusion.

  7. TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM
    The Civil War and Reconstruction were monumental times of conflict and change for the people of Tennessee. Featured artifacts and stories in one of the museum's exhibits chronicles that period.

  8. NASHVILLE JAZZ WORKSHOP
    Jazz AM is a monthly program that entertains and educates kids and families in a fun, interactive setting; this program on Feb. 3 is about Miles Davis. For schedules, email info@nashvillejazz.org.

     

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