Nashville Black Covenant Coalition holds Cultural Expo
‘Covid-safe’ Voter Registration and Former-Felon Rights Restoration

(l-r) Clemmie Greenlee and Baba Musa.

In conjunction with Synergy Expos and the International Boxing Academy, The Nashville Black Covenant Coalition is co-sponsoring a cultural celebration spotlighting African American businesses to close out summer and bring in fall. The outdoor event will feature live musical performances, food vendors and spoken word.

The Nashville Black Covenant Coalition (NBCC) is a collective formed in 2006 that has lead and or supported many initiatives around voter equity, education and criminal justice reform for Nashville’s Black community.

The Expo will spotlight Black business entrepreneurs and will be an opportunity to support our neighbors. In addition to music, food and other vendors, the Nashville Black Covenant Coalition will be putting on its ‘Civil Death to Citizenship Rights’ voter equity event. This includes assistance with former-felons rights restoration, voter registration and voter education. Further, there will be opportunities for people to learn how to join in the work against Black voter disenfranchisement. People may get registered on site, and both gain information and start the process of getting voting rights restored, if they have a felony that has taken those rights away.

“Many formerly with felonies who have lost their right to vote are eligible to regain those rights and participate fully in the political process as they work to re-integrate back into society,” said event organizers. “At times this process can be complicated, and even appear more daunting than it is.”

Along with former-felon rights restoration, voting registration will be available.

“It just takes a couple of minutes to fill out a card,” according to organizers. “Out-of-state college students living on campus, can register and vote in Tennessee.”

Along with the music, poetry and culture, the exposition of vendors will feature fashions, purses, jewelry, beauty wear, self-defense products, legal insurance, arts and crafts, and more. In addition, culinary treats range from grilled foods and gumbo, to shaved ice and deserts.

The event will be hosted on September 26 in the Northgate Shopping Center Parking Lot containing Rent-a-Center and the Dollar Store, at 3729 Clarksville Pike, Nashville Tenn. 37218. This celebration of the community and African American entrepreneurship will take place from noon-4:30 pm. It will be ‘Covid-safe,’ requiring masks (available for guests) and keeping proper distance from those you did not come with in an outside environment.

Musical performances will be headlined by Musa and Nature’s Drummers; The Real Deal (jazz duo); Crystal Brown and her Singing Bowls; and Khaos the poet; rounding out named entertainers. Additionally, there will be an ‘open mic’ for singers, poets and emcees to perform.

“Come for food, music, vendors and speakers the likes of Clemmie Greenlee at the Nashville Cultural Business Expo,” said organizers.

For further information call 615-478-5204 or email <yobachi2007@gmail>. You can also find the NBCC at <www.facebook.com/groups/nbcc2020.>

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