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Nashville celebrates Black History Month throughout February

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Rosalyn Malone will be performing on February 29 as part of the Nashville International Airport’s music series in celebration of Black History Month.

This February, the Nashville community is celebrating Black History Month, continuing the discussion of Black people and their contributions through activities such as museum exhibits, book readings, and encouraging the study of achievements by African Americans year-round. Listed here are a few events happening within our area.

Thru April 28
Carving A New Tradition: The Art Of Latoya M. Hobbs
Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway

Curated by Dr. Rebecca VanDiver, associate professor of African American art at Vanderbilt University, Carving a New Tradition showcases a selection of recent prints and mixed-media artwork from the studio of the Arkansas-born, Baltimore-based painter and printmaker LaToya M. Hobbs. Hobbs is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a founding member of Black Women of Print, an artistic collective aimed at rendering the work of Black women printmakers—past, present, and future—visible.
Her monumental woodcarving Carving Out Time anchors this exhibition and highlights her ongoing explorations of Black womanhood, identity, and artistic legacy that reverberate through the other artworks on view. Hobbs honors the rich traditions of printmaking and her Black artistic foremothers while pushing the medium’s boundaries, exhibiting the matrix as an object and incorporating mixed-media elements.

Thru March 21
May I Be Brave Enough To Speak My Truth

The OZ Arts Nashville has opened the exhibit “May I Be Brave Enough to Speak My Truth”, featuring selected works by Shabazz Larkin, curated by Clarence Edward. The exhibit, running thru March 21, explores the human body as a canvas for protest and storytelling. It’s an extension of Larkin’s work from The Museum of Presence, integrating themes of resistance, global unrest, and the essence of Black culture through vivid colors and typography.

February 26
Carriage House Black Heritage In Horse Racing

Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, 110 Leake Avenue
Belle Meade will conclude its Black History Month events with the exhibit from the Kentucky Derby Museum entitled Black Heritage in Racing until February 26th.

February 28, & 29
Nashville International Airport hosts music series in celebration of Black History Month
12 pm to 2 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, Nashville International Airport® (BNA®) will showcase Black musicians through its Arts at the Airport program, featuring a roster of talented artists.
The upcoming performances are scheduled to take place on the C/D exit stage by Green Beans Coffee Co. from noon to 2 p.m.:
• February 28: Joe West Trio featuring Frankie Stanton
• February 29: Rosalyn Malone Jazz Trio
Green Beans Coffee Co. is situated in the pre-security area of the terminal, and all performances are free and open to the public.

February 24
Jazz Music and Fashion Extravaganza
5 pm -7 pm

Immerse yourself in the Jazz Music and Fashion Extravaganza at Jones Paideia Elementary Magnet School, hosted by the Upsilon Sigma Chapter of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. This event combines soulful jazz performances with the latest fashion trends inspired by the vibrant jazz culture. Enjoy a night of mesmerizing melodies, toe-tapping rhythms, and stunning runway displays, all in support of the Philo Marcella James Scholarship. Don’t miss this celebration of music and style. Jones Paideia Elementary is located at 1800 9th Avenue North, Nashville, TN

Ongoing
Nashville History Tour

Your tour guide David Ewing is a nationally recognized expert on Civil Rights and helped locate the lost mugshots of John Lewis’ arrest for the lunch counter sit-ins and helped present them to Congressman Lewis in Nashville. Ewing also is featured in the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail book by Deborah Douglas. Explore how Nashville was one of the most important cities for marches, arrests, and bombing stories, and this movement was led by John Lewis, Diane Nash, Rev. Jim Lawson, and Rev. Kelly Miller Smith around John Lewis Way (formerly 5th Avenue) and Church Street. Dr. Martin Luther King’s visits and speeches during the era. See the Woolworth building and the Civil Rights Room of the Nashville Public Library.

Ongoing
Civil Rights Room

Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street (2nd floor)
The Civil Rights Room is a space for education and exploration of the Civil Rights Collection. The materials exhibited here 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.
In September 1957, Nashville took the first steps toward ending segregation and discrimination in its public schools. Under a court order in accord with the Supreme Court’s historic declaration that segregation laws were no longer valid, a handful of courageous parents and their first-grade children registered at five previously segregated Nashville public schools.
In February 1960, a group of students from the city’s four black colleges—American Baptist, Fisk, Meharry, and Tennessee A&I—set out to confront segregation at lunch counters, movie theaters, and other places of public accommodation.
The Civil Rights Room overlooks the intersection of Church Street and Seventh Avenue North, where nonviolent protests against segregated lunch counters took place.
Visitors can sit at the symbolic lunch counter and read the Ten Rules of Conduct carried by the protesters during the sit-ins and examine the timeline of local and national events.
Black and white photographs surround the room, illuminating dramatic events in this period of Nashville history. See parents leading their first-grade children past angry protesters, a bombing meant to intimidate those who were challenging segregation, and a peaceful confrontation between Mayor Ben West and African-American student leaders. A video presentation room and classroom adjacent to the Civil Rights Room make an array of materials available to individuals and groups.

Ongoing
Early Black Life and Culture Tour

nashvillesites.org
Uncover the buried history of early Black life and culture in Nashville by exploring the lives and work of both free and enslaved African Americans. This tour was written by Dr. Lea Williams and co-narrated by TSU undergraduate student Maya Dunn and United Street Tours founder Chakita Patterson. The Early Black Life and Culture tour begins at Fort Nashborough and ends at the State Capitol.

Ongoing
Tennessee State Museum

1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Learn more about Black History at the 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 this exhibit document a period that forced Tennesseans to take sides and make sacrifices.
Special programs: Thursday, February 8 at 12:00 p.m., Lunch & Learn: Boogie and Blues: Black Women and The Tennessee Playlist will be presented by Tranae Chatman, TSM Curator of Social History and Saturday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. w / Special Music Performance to follow at 12:15 p.m. Rhythm Revolution: The Evolution of Black Music will be moderated by Tranae Chatman, Tennessee State Museum Curator of Social History.

Ongoing
The National Museum of African American Music

510 Broadway
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.

Ongoing
United Street Tours

Meets at 501 Broadway
United Street Tours offers a Civil Rights Walking Tour of Nashville, a fascinating journey through the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement right here in the heart of Music City! This Nashville walking tour will take you on a captivating exploration of the city’s pivotal role in the pursuit for equality and inclusion.

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