Nashville celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

National Museum of African American Music set to officially open this month.

Created to honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MLK Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January. During this challenging time, many events are being hosted virtually this year in honor of Dr. King and his message of love and civil and human rights. Listed here are just a few.

IMF Celebration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the late Honorable U.S. Rep. John Lewis

Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF) is hosting many events to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. including: service projects, a march, and more. Just to name a few events, there will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Breakfast on January 15, Youth Symposium on January 18, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March and Convocation on January 20, and more.

The convocation can be viewed on CW58 and the Metro News Network from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm.

MLK Food Drive

True Way Church, located at 2715 Clarksville Pike in Nashville, will have a food drive on Saturday, January 16 from 10 am until noon in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

National Museum of African American Music Virtual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

In celebration of its official opening later this month, the National Museum of African American Music invites you to be part of our virtual ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, January 18, (MLK Day). Join NMAAM president/CEO, H. Beecher Hicks and special guests for this milestone event in the museum’s history. The live stream begins at noon on NMAAM’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

MLK Joint Day of Service

Join volunteers from Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Meharry, Nashville State, Tennessee State University, Trevecca and Vanderbilt, as well as other area colleges and universities in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking some time to volunteer virtually on MLK Day. Volunteers gather together in an opening session to hear an inspirational charge from our college and university leaders, breakout into sessions where we’ll learn about ways to serve virtually and even begin doing some virtual service, and then assemble together again afterwards for a brief time of reflection.

Let Freedom Sing Virtual Celebration

The Nashville Symphony’s annual Let Freedom Sing concert honors the life, legacy and triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. Join on social media for a week of performances, released each day. Then join on Sunday, January 17, for a culminating performance of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ by the Celebration Chorus and Celebration Youth Chorus, followed by live panel discussion moderated by Tamar Smithers, director of ‘education and public programs’ for the National Museum of African American Music.

The Black Experience: Nashville

The Nashville Food Project and Chakita Patterson with United Street Tours presents on Monday, January 18, at 6:30 pm, CST, a live, interactive event The Black Experience: Nashville (A Virtual Black History Experience for Disrupters).

See Nashville as you’ve never seen it before while enjoying the comfort of your home. The Black Experience: Nashville is a curated event that allows you to virtually visit historic spaces. Nashville is a prized Southern travel destination. But often omitted from the narratives about Nashville’s past and present, is the city’s roots of slavery, civil rights, and the Black community. Nashville, like many cities involved in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, has a complex history that is often suppressed. These untold stories are the missing pieces needed to gain a fuller perspective. For many people, accessing this knowledge has proven difficult due to the history of omission and segregation. Therefore, The Black Experience provides foundational knowledge to build upon by exploring the historical landmarks and stories that connect us.

2021 Martin Luther King Commemorative Virtual Event with keynote speaker Dinaw Mengestu

Ethiopian American novelist Dinaw Mengestu, known for his powerful and personal depictions of the immigrant experience and perspectives on the American dream, will be the keynote speaker for Vanderbilt University’s 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative event.

The virtual event, ‘At Home in the World: Place, Identity and the American Dream,’ will take place from 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm, CST, on Jan. 18. The discussion will be moderated by Karla M. McKanders, clinical professor of Law, associate director, Legal Clinic at Vanderbilt University

Belmont University MLK Celebration

Belmont University is presenting various events to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To name a few, there will be an Uplift Luncheon on January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 18 and more.

Lipscomb University Virtual Forum

Join Lipscomb University for a special virtual forum, ‘Keeping Our Community Healthy,’ featuring leaders in the realms of art, entertainment, service, research, and mental health.