Black History Month in Nashville
Nashville celebrates Black History Month throughout the city. Join us for special events, hear from multiple scholars at local universities, and more.
See below for what Nashville did during Black History Month in 2019. Stay tuned for events in 2020.
Discover the Past
Music City honors women and men throughout the year that have contributed not only to Nashville's history, but the country's history. From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to 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. Explore more of multicultural Nashville.
Black History Month Celebrations & events celebrating african american culture
Lucy Negro Redux Events
Leading up to the Nashville Ballet's performance of Attitude: Lucy Negro Redux there will be multiple events around the city to take part in. Events like Exploring Otherness at the Nashville Ballet on January 10; Reimagining the Dark Lady on January 21; Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux happening January 22, 24, 29, and 31; and an Open Rehearsal Viewing of Attitude: Lucy Negro Redux on January 30.
Nashville Children's Theatre
January 17-February 3
Castle Crenshaw, aka Ghost, has been running his entire life, but for all the wrong reasons. See how his life changes once he meets Coach, an Olympic medalist who sees his unique raw talent.
Black History Month
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President
Each year Andrew Jackson's Hermitage commemorates those enslaved both on the estate and the country with programs all month long. The events are African-American Family History & Genealogy on February 2, Echoes of My Sister's Voices on February 9, Uncovering the Ancestors: Archaeology and Enslaved Communities in the Southeast on February 16, and the Annual Memorial Service on February 23.
Black LGBTQ History, Culture and Politics
The Belcourt Theatre
February 2, March 30, & April 20
The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville's independent theatre, plans to have three film showings for free. The first will be Moonlight on February 2, second will be Inxeba (The Wound) on March 30, and the last will be a series of short films on April 20. Each showing is in collaboration with Vanderbilt's Department of African American & Diaspora Studies Course.
Nashville Conference on African-American History and Culture
Tennessee State University
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.
"Amazing Grace" Musical Reflection
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Discover the story of the African Americans from Tennessee whose musical contributions will never be forgotten.
World Premiere: Lucy Negro Redux
Artistic Director Paul Vasterling's Lucy Negro Redux will explore the mysterious love life of William Shakespeare through the perspective of the illustrious "Dark Lady" seen in many of his famed sonnets. Based on the book by Nashville poet Caroline Randall Williams, the ballet explores themes of love, otherness, equality, and beauty as the narrator takes a journey to discover her own power and worth.
Lunch & Learn: Tiffany Momon, “Using Quilts to Interpret the Experiences of African American Women in Tennessee”
Tennessee State Museum
Enjoy a brown bag lunch while hearing from Tiffany Momon, a Research Professor at the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. Momon will be discussing Harriet Meneese Falls, a formerly enslaved African American woman living in Robertson County, Tennessee, who happens to be the artist featured in the museum's current exhibit, Between the Layers: Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts. Free and open to the public.
Free Documentary Screening, Mr. Temple and the Tigerbelles
Tennessee State Museum
Learn the story Ed Temple, the legendary TSU track and field coach, and the 40 incredible African American female athletes who won 23 Olympic medals during the Jim Crow era. After the film, a panel discussion will follow. Free and open to the public.
Urban League of Middle Tennessee's Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon
Hilton Nashville Downtown Hotel
The Urban League of Middle Tennessee is dedicated to helping African Americans, other minorities, and disenfranchised groups secure economic self-reliance in Middle Tennessee. Their Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon provides the funds to support the many programs and services offered by the Urban League of Middle Tennessee.
Poetry & the African American Experience with Dr. Haki Madhubuti
Global Education Center
Author, educator, and scholar Dr. Haki Madhubuti will speak on the history and culture of African Americans as expressed through poetry, examining poetry's relevance to modern life.
St. Jude's Spirit of the Dream
Cal Turner Center at Meharry Medical College
Join St. Jude's for Spirit of the Dream, the ultimate party to celebrate the achievements of African Americans who embody the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its founder Danny Thomas. Guests at this inaugural event will have the opportunity to mingle with leaders and influencers while enjoying handcrafted cocktails, delectable hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment.
African American History Tour
Gray Line of Tennessee offers an African American History Tour year-round, available for private bookings. 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.
Tour of African American Culture
United Street Tours
Explore Music City while walking in the footsteps of civil rights leaders. Join the African American Street Tour on Saturdays @ 11am to experience and interact with sites on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.
MLK Days of Service 2019
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by joining Hands on Nashville and become a long-term volunteer.
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.