Black History Month Events

Nashville celebrates Black History Month throughout the city. Join us for special events, hear from multiple scholars at local universities, and more.

Ongoing
Nashville Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

United Street Tours offers a series of 5-star rated, historical Nashville walking tours that are led and curated by locals. The Nashville walking tours embrace those pieces of black history in Nashville.

January 24-February 4
Belcourt Theatre

The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville's independent theatre, plans to have three films showing. The first will be No Way Out on February 2 & 4, second will be Edge of the City on February 2 & 5, and the last will be BLKNWS on from January 24 until February 2. Each showing is in collaboration with Vanderbilt's Department of African American & Diaspora Studies Course.

February 1
Spirit of the Dream

Join Spirit of the Dream, a Nashville-based event during Black History Month at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, February 1. This is the ultimate party with a purpose to celebrate the achievements of African Americans who embody the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and its founder, Danny Thomas. Come mingle with leaders and influencers while enjoying cocktails, dinner, and live entertainment! 

Throughout February
Tennessee State Museum

Join the Tennessee State Museum for a specialized free tour experience that focuses on Tennessee’s African American history, February 1, 6-8, 14-15, & 20-22. The 45-minute tour will highlight the diverse culture of African Americans while aiming to acknowledge the oppression they faced from various forces in Tennessee’s history.

On February 13, Black History Month will be celebrated with a discussion on Tina Turner’s autobiography, My Love StoryThe book goes from Turner’s youth in Nutbush, Tennessee; to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner; to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond.

Lastly, be sure to check out the permanent exhibition, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Featured artifacts and stories in this exhibit document a period that forced Tennesseans to take sides and make sacrifices. Visitors will learn how Tennesseans determined to secede from the Union and how the state remained divided on the issue throughout the war.

Throughout February
Nashville Public Library

The Nashville Public Library has several events planned for Black History Month. Learn about the Harlem Renaissance, the birth of jazz music, and the lasting impact this period has had on American music during their Cool Days and Hot Jazz event. Find creative artwork, dance classes, and other fun events that celebrate African American history in Nashville.

February 8
Family History Day

Come out for a FREE day of preserving your family stories and mementos. Hosted in the historic Tulip Grove Mansion at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, the community is invited to explore the many ways to research family history and genealogy. There will be experts on-hand throughout the day to answer questions and offer advice. This day is offered in partnership with the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) of Nashville.

February 9
When I Crossed That Line to Freedom

A performance and discussion exploring the story of Harriet Tubman, suffrage, and civil rights at the Nashville Public Library, starting at 3pm.

February 15
Upon These Shoulders

A community performance and celebration honoring Dr. King and the many heroes of the civil rights movement featuring performances by Choral Arts Link, Intersection, and more. Starting at 7pm in the Fisk Memorial Chapel.

February 16
Jazz on the Move: The Life and Music of Betty Carter

The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Art Museum, announces the 14th season of the popular jazz performance and education series, Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. For Black History Month, Jazz on the Move presents Dara Tucker performing songs by Betty Carter. Carter began singing at age 16, winning amateur competitions in her home town of Detroit, and performing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Lionel Hampton at a young age.

February 27
Journey

A performance and discussion with Dr. Alisha Jones of Indiana University and Dr. Douglas Shadle of Vanderbilt University celebrating the voices of Black women composers Nkeiru Okoye and Florence Price. Starting at 7pm at Vanderbilt University.

February 28
Dee Dee Bridgewater

GRAMMY® and Tony Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater will put her unique spin on standards and jazz classics at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer, and keeper of tradition will be joined by Bill Charlap, one of today’s leading jazz pianists.

February 28
RNB Rewind

Nashville's first annual RNB Rewind will be coming to Bridgestone Arena on Friday, February 28, with performances by Keith Sweat, Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister, Ginuwine, SWV, 112, Donell Jones, Jon B, and Next. 

February 28-29
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center welcomes Artistic Director Robert Battle as Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers are led to continue the Company’s legacy of using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition to uplift, unite, and enlighten. 

February 29
Memorial Service

Join the annual commemoration of those once enslaved at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, Home of the People's President and throughout the country from 11am to 12pm. Held at The Hermitage Church, the service will feature music and special remarks, followed by a procession to the slavery memorial. One hundred and fifty flowers will be laid, marked with the names of all those known to have been enslaved at The Hermitage. Complimentary hot chocolate will be served following the service.

February 29
7th Annual Cashville Blues Festival

The Nashville Municipal Auditorium welcomes Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Bobby Rush, Chic Rodgers, Shirley Brown, and Latimore for the 7th Annual Cashville Blues Festival. Show starts at 7pm.