Diversity in Nashville

Black History Month

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

Nashville Public Library
Nashville Public Library Civil Rights Room

The Civil Rights Room in the Nashville Public Library is a space for education and exploration of the Civil Rights Collection. The materials exhibited capture the drama of a time when thousands of African-American citizens in Nashville sparked a nonviolent challenge to racial segregation in the city and across the South.

Nashville Sites

Follow in the steps of those who took a stand by taking a seat. The Civil Rights Sit-Ins tour was written and narrated by Fisk University professor Linda Wynn. The Downtown Civil Rights Sit-Ins tour begins at Chuch Street and Sixth Avenue North and ends at Rosa L. Parks Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The National Museum of African American Music

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) officially opened to the public in January 2021. Discover the central role African Americans have played in shaping and creating all genres of American music. From classical to country to jazz and hip hop, NMAAM has integrated history and interactive technology to share the untold story of more than 50 music genres and sub-genres.Tours initially follow a weekend schedule and will be held on Saturdays and Sundays 11am-6pm.

Tennessee State Museum

Learn more about Black History at the Tennessee State Museum. The permanent exhibitions feature Black History from the early days of the state’s beginnings through the Civil War and Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movements in Tennessee. The current temporary exhibition, Ratified! Tennessee Women and the Right to Vote includes the stories of many African American women who helped American women gain the right to vote. The State Museum is featuring several free online events this month.

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum pays homage to important moments in both Black history and Music history through educational exhibits celebrating the musicians who created them. 

The Motown exhibit is a re-creation of Motown’s first recording studio located in Detroit, Michigan, “Hitsville U.S.A,” highlighting not only the larger than life stars to emerge from Motown but the studio musicians who aided in creating a number of the most recognizable and celebrated songs of all time. Similar to the Motown exhibit, the Stax Records exhibit aims to educate visitors on the history of Stax Records through the stories and success of the studio musicians who recorded there. Unlike the Motown and Stax Records exhibits, the Sun Studio exhibit focuses less on studio musicians and more heavily upon the vast, diverse, and skilled artists who recorded there. Among the recording studio exhibits are displays that showcase the accomplishments of individual artists, such as B.B King and Jimi Hendrix.

United Street Tours
United Street Tours

United Street Tours offers a series of 5-star rated, historical Nashville walking tours that are led and curated by locals. This Nashville walking tour is a fun-filled experience uncovering the empowering stories behind the key women and men of the civil rights movement. You will hear stories about history’s fiercest women and most courageous men.

February 4
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville

Celebrate Black History Month on February 4 for the 17th Annual All-Black Affair at The Brooklyn Bowl with live Entertainment from 8:30-10:30pm. The venue features multiple levels, a heated covered patio, premier bowling lanes, a delicious food menu, and a premium liquor cash bar.

February 5-6
The Fairgrounds Nashville

The Nashville Black Market is back with a Black History Month event. Spotlighting more than 100 black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Come dance, drink, and shop, all while empowering black businesses.

February 7
Black History Month Night

Join the Nashville Predators as we celebrate Black History Month in Smashville and take on the Vegas Golden Knights! Night to include special Black History Month warmup jerseys available for bidding in the Preds Foundation Silent Auction and much more!

February 9-11
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

You’ll be dancing in the aisles at this Motown extravaganza featuring smash hits made famous by Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and more. Songs include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Superstition” — and, of course, “Dancing in the Street.”

February 10-11
Health is Wealth Weekend

The Black Enterprise will host the Health is Wealth Weekend on February 10-11 at The Westin Nashville.  Attendees can learn lifestyle changes and strategies to improve their physical fitness, daily nutrition, emotional wellness and mental health, with the ultimate goal of gaining health equity for Black individuals, families and communities.

February 18
Nashville Municipal Auditorium

The Nashville Municipal Auditorium welcomes the Royal Tour 2023 with Bill Bellamy, Special K, Bruce Bruce, Sommore, Lavell Crawford, and Sleezy Evans.

February 21
Fisk University

Unite with young Black leaders who have a passion to see our generation transformed through the power and message of the Gospel.

February 22
Tennessee State University

Unite with young Black leaders who have a passion to see our generation transformed through the power and message of the Gospel.

February 25
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, Home of the People's President

Held at The Hermitage Church, the Black History Month Memorial Service will feature music and special remarks, followed by a procession to the slavery memorial “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” There, 150 flowers will be laid by attendees, marked with the names of all those known to have been enslaved at The Hermitage.

March 3-5
Nashville Reparatory Theatre

Nashville Repertory Theatre presents August Wilson's Fences. Troy Maxson’s yard is his refuge. A sanctuary where, at long last, the grass is finally green. But it can always be greener, right? Troy’s story is both unique and universal — a portrait of the unsteady bridge between fathers and sons, and the wives and mothers who stand cheering for both sides while hanging their own dreams out to dry. A story strong enough to bear the weight of injustice and yearning and love, at its best and its most destructive. And it’s bigger — it’s more — than all of that. Fences is a lyrical, heartbreaking love song sung in August Wilson’s unparalleled poetry, about people whose hearts beat vast and deep.