Nashville Branch NAACP celebrates 100 Years

Rev. Keith Caldwell, Nashville Branch NAACP president.

The Nashville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will celebrate 100 Years of African American Activism Sunday, March 31, thru Saturday, April 6.

As a preamble to the activities, the branch will host a Wine Taste & Social Mixer Fundraiser on Friday, March 15, at the historic Nashville Branch Office on Jefferson St. Beginning March 31, the weeklong celebration will include programming to engage different areas, subjects, and aspects of the Nashville Community: the inaugural Underground Trailblazer Gospel Tribute Celebration, the ‘How Far Have We Come?’ Health and Education Forum, Community Voter’s Rally, ‘The Church and the Black Community,’ Forum, a Civil Rights Teach-In, and Youth Open-Mic Night. The festivities will conclude with the Renaissance 100 Gala featuring innovative performances and tributes to former leaders in honor of Nashville’s rich cultural heritage and activism within our community.

Founded in 1909, by an interracial group of concerned citizens, who included Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. DuBois, Dr. Henry Moscowitz and others, the organization answered the crisis of the lynching of hundreds of Black men, women and children.

The Nashville Branch was chartered February 10, 1919, and came to play a pivotal role in American History during the Civil Rights movement of the ‘60s. The branch has continued the fight against social and systematic injustices such as segregation, voting rights, gentrification, and inequality in transportation, housing, education and employment, as well as unjust laws in the criminal justice system.

“We would like all of Nashville to join the NAACPin our 100th Year celebration beginning March 31,” the branch said in a release. “As the face of Nashville changes, the NashvilleNAACPpledges to continue the legacy that it has carried for the last 100 years. We commemorate our ‘Proud Past’ and inspired Future.’

For more information about events, contact the Nashville Branch office at 615-329-0999; Rev. Keith Caldwell, president, at 615-419-4214; or Dr. Tallulah Crawley-Shinault, program chair, at 615-924-1320.

Schedule of Events
March 15
Wine Taste & Social Mixer Fundraiser
Time: 5:30-9:30 pm
Location: Nashville Branch
1308 Jefferson St., Nashville, Tenn. 37208
Cost: Donations accepted

March 31
Underground Trailblazer Gospel Tribute
Time: 5 pm
Location: Watson Grove Baptist Church
1415 Horton Ave., Nashville, Tenn. 37212
Cost: Suggested donation of $20

April 1
Nashville Branch Open-House
Time: noon-2 pm
Location: NAACP Nashville Branch 1308 Jefferson St., Nashville, Tenn. 37208
Cost: free, but donations welcome

How Far Have We Come? Health & Education Forum
Time: 6 pm
Location: LRC Meharry Medical College
2001 Albion St., Nashville, Tenn. 37208
Cost: free, but donations welcome

April 2
NAACP Community Voter Rally
Time: 6 pm
Location: Jefferson Street MB Church 2708 Jefferson St., Nashville, Tenn. 37208
Cost: free, but donations welcome

April 3
The Church and The Black Community
Time: 6 pm
Location: New Hope Baptist Church
1303 Hawkins St., Nashville, Tenn. 37203
Cost: free, but donations welcome

April 4
The Civil Rights Movement: Teach-In
Time: 6 pm
Location: TBA
Cost:free, but donations welcome

April 5
Young Professionals Mixer
Time and Location: TBA
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Cost: free, but donations welcome

Youth Open Mic Night
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: McKissick Middle School
915 38th Ave. N., Nashville, Tenn. 37209
Cost: free

April 6
Renaissance 100 Gala
Time: 6 pm
Location: Cal Turner Family Center
Meharry Campus 1011 21st Ave. N.,Nashville, Tenn.37208
Cost: $100, tables/sponsorship opportunities available