Nashville celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Local events include, but not limited to, the following:

Film screening and discussion of NorthEast Passage
TSU Avon Williams Campus
February 20
Tennessee State University’s College of Public Service invites you to attend their 2018 Black History Month event Gentrification Across the Spectrum: Film Screening and Discussion of NorthEast Passage. Gentrification is an issue that is significantly impacting all of Nashville, especially those areas surrounding the two TSU campuses. Join College of Public Service students as they host a screening of NorthEast Passage, a film that explores how gentrification impacted Portland, Oregon. The screening will be followed by leaders from the public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots/community action sectors discussing how gentrification is impacting Nashville, and what can be done to minimize the negative effects of a rapidly changing real estate market.

Black History trivia
Hermitage Library
3700 James Kay Lane
February 20
Match your wits with those of others at this fun and friendly trivia session and you could win one of three gift cards.

From nothing to something – spoons playing
Bordeaux Branch Library
4000 Clarksville Pike
Nashville, TN 37218
February 21
National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) presents one of six musical presentations: spoons, harmonica, cigar box guitar, banjo, washtub bass and lyrics. This series is designed to educate youth and adults about how people of different cultures created instruments with limited resources by memory. Replicas of these instruments were literally made out nothing (household items or natural materials) and were used to create something wonderful: music.

Originally made in Africa by the Baka people of the Congo, this instrument is still found among tribal societies in Africa and Southeast Asia. When Africans arrived in America, they used everyday items to replicate this unique instrument.