On Friday, February 12, 2021, join Tennessee State University's College of Liberal Arts and the Metropolitan Historical Commission for the 40th Annual Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture (NCAAHC), a dynamic celebration of the contributions of African Americans to Nashville and Tennessee history. For forty years, this award-winning conference has brought together historians, students, educators, community leaders and others interested in African American history and culture.
This year's conference will be the first-ever virtual NCAAHC and is packed with many new presenters, engaging sessions and talented musical guests. Attendees will be treated to a thoughtful panel discussion with some of Nashville's foremost historians. Participants will also experience a virtual tour of the Jefferson Street Sound (JSS) Museum, hosted by JSS Records CEO Lorenzo Washington. The $20 registration fee includes access to the half-day online event, a commemorative NCAAHC lapel pin* and a copy of the newly-revised Profiles of African Americans in Tennessee book showcasing all 40 years of illuminating conference profiles. We hope you will join us in celebrating the 40th annual NCAAHC!
*Please note items may ship after the conference.
9:00AM Opening Remarks- Tim Walker, Metro Historical Commission; Mayor John Cooper; Linda T. Wynn, Tennessee Historical Commission/Fisk University
9:25AM Fisk University Scientists: Past and Present- Dr. Bryan Kent Wallace, Fisk University
9:45AM Atomic Hope: Our Words and Our Spaces, Oak Ridge, TN- Katatra Vasquez, U.S. Department of Energy
10:05AM Break with music by Don Adams Band
10:10AM Rectifying an Inequitable History: The Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative- Patrick King, Urban Green Lab
10:30AM Nashville Sites: Walking and Virtual Tours of Nashville's History and Culture- Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel, Belmont University
10:55AM Musical Performance- Andriana Haygood, Belmont University
11:15AM Break with music by Andriana Haygood
11:20AM Uncovering the Forgotten: Documenting the African American Presence at Cheekwood and Discussing the African American Community in Nashville, 1880-1940- Keneisha Mosley, Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
11:40AM No Sell-Out, No Compromise: Past and Present Leadership Lessons from The Tennessee State University Student Sit-In of 1990- Rev. jeff carr, The Infinity Fellowship Faith Gathering
12:05PM Virtual Tour of Jefferson Street Sound Museum- Lorenzo Washington, JSS Museum
12:20PM Break with music by Marion James, courtesy of JSS Museum
12:25PM Musical Performance- Don Adams Band
12:45PM Panel Discussion, Reflections and Affirmations: A 40-Year Retrospective of the Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture
1:05PM Closing remarks- Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr., Tennessee State University