2021 Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture (virtual)

Friday, February 12 2021 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM [CST]

Register Now

1. Select Seats

2. Review and Proceed



Sale ended

Admission- Virtual Only Partial Approval - $20.00

Enter your discount code

  • Subtotal (excluding fees and discounts)
  • Fee
  • Total amount

Friday, February 12 2021 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM [CST]


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


The Metropolitan Historical Commission is a municipal historic preservation agency working to document history, save and reuse buildings, and make the public more aware of the necessity and advantages of preservation in Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. Created in 1966, the commission consists of fifteen citizens appointed by the mayor.

Contact the Organizer