Black History Month
Nashville's calendar in February (and January) 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.
Discover the Past
Besides just the month of February, Music City honors women and men throughout the year that have contributed not only to Nashville's history, but the country's history. From the Fisk Jubilee Singers to the Civil War through the Nashville sit-ins and the music of Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Etta James, and so many others, the past has built the present and continues to form the future. It is all here and waiting to be discovered year round. It is all here and waiting to be discovered year round. Explore more of multicultural Nashville.
Black History Month and MLK Celebrations
These are just some of the events happening in January and February to celebrate Black History Month. Stay tuned. More events will be added as they're announced.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program
Various events, including a film and discussion series, candlelight vigil, and lectures, celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Vanderbilt University Commemoration
Commemorating Dr. King’s life and legacy, the University community will gather together for a series of programs including: participation in the city-wide march, community service, educational forums and lectures.
Let Freedom Sing!
Schermerhorn Symphony Center Center
For more than 20 years, the Nashville Symphony has hosted this concert honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Joined by special guests, the orchestra will perform a mix of spirituals, popular songs and classical music honoring the triumphs of the civil rights movement.
Nashville MLK Day
Tennessee State University
A Youth Program opens the day at Jefferson Street Baptist Church 8:30-10am. The Ceremonial March begins at 10am at the intersection of 28th and Jefferson Street and marches to the TSU Gentry Complex. The Convocation is 11am-12:30pm at TSU Gentry Complex.
Martin Luther King Memorial Vigil
Wightman Chapel at Scarritt Bennett Center
This is an ecumenical service remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s presence in Wightman Chapel in 1957 and celebrating his life and work through hymns, candle light litany, readings from his historic 1957 speech and prayers for peace.
MLK Diversity Breakfast: Anthony Carter
Ezell Center at Lipscomb University
Guest speaker Anthony Carter is vice president, global diversity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer for Johnson & Johnson. Carter will provide insight on the global corporation’s work in serving minority consumers, strengthening its pipeline to recruit, retain and advance diverse talent and supporting minority business owners through supplier diversity. He will also discuss how diversity and inclusion impacts the social justice imperatives in our communities.
Urban League of Middle TN 47th Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Act.
The Whipping Man
Nashville Repertory Theatre's production of The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, features former Tennessee Titan Eddie George, Matthew Rosenbaum, and James Randolph. In the post-Civil War South, three men are tied to each other by history and faith, but are also bound by secrets. A badly wounded Jewish Confederate soldier stumbles home at war’s end to find his family has fled to the countryside. Remaining behind to greet him are two of his family’s former slaves… and a cobbled together Passover Seder. The three men unite to celebrate the holiday, even as they struggle to comprehend their new relationships at a crossroads of personal and national history.
Black History Month Celebrate at The Hermitage
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
February 7, 14, 21, 28
Special events happen each Saturday in February, including "Spiritual Songs: The History of the Negro Spiritual", "Playing the Spoons" interactive musical program, Exploring African American Genealogy, Discovering African American History, and a Memorial Service.
The Civil War and Reconstruction
Tennessee State Museum
The exhibit features a section devoted to Tennessee's African-American Union soldiers.
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.
Fight for Freedom
Vanderbilt Heard Central Library
Through April 2015
Vanderbilt University's Central Library is displaying an exhibit called "Fight for Freedom" highlighting American stories from the collections of the Rev. James Lawson, noted journalist and others who put their lives on the line for freedom. Items range from Federalist Papers dating back to the American Revolution through recent memorabilia of the Occupy Nashville protests.