On Friday, February 9, 2024, join Tennessee State University’s College of Liberal Arts and the Metropolitan Historical Commission for the 43rd 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 over four decades, 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 held at the Tennessee State University's Avon Williams campus (virtual attendance option also available) and is packed with many new presenters, engaging sessions, and talented entertainers. Our theme this year is “Marching Towards an Inclusive Future: Seismic Shifts in Tennessee Communities."
Attendees will enjoy thoughtful sessions from seven distinguished Tennessee historians, researchers, and authors and will be treated to musical and theatrical entertainment. The registration fee covers access to the event and helps ensure that the conference continues for future generations. Registration is now open. We hope you will join us at the 43rd annual Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture!
For more information about the conference, including archives and speaker bios, visit www.NCAAHC.org.
1. In-person attendance:
$30 pre-registration (thru January 31)
$35 registration (February 1-9)
$20 students (must show student ID upon entry)
This ticket includes access to the full-day event, catered lunch, printed and digital copies of conference materials (program and profiles), and post-event link to conference video recording. Digital conference materials will be provided via email prior to the event. Parking passes will be emailed prior to the event and also available for pickup on-site upon entry. Your receipt is your ticket for entry.
2. Virtual attendance: $20
This ticket includes virtual access to the full-day event, digital copies of conference materials (program and profiles), and post-event link to conference video recording. Prior to the event, registrants will be provided with digital conference materials and an access link to watch the live event via Webex.
8:30AM Registration begins (in-person registrants)
9:00AM Opening Remarks
Tim Walker, Metropolitan Historical Commission
Linda T. Wynn, conference co-chair, Tennessee Historical Commission
Freddie O’Connell, Mayor of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
9:25AM Mapping the Destruction of Tennessee’s African American Neighborhoods, Zachary Keith, Knox County Archives
9:50AM The Explosive Beginning of School Desegregation, Dr. Rachel Martin, writer and historian
10:45AM Integrating The Airwaves, Paula Blackman Iacampo, Harper Collins Publishers
11:10AM Meharry Medical College and the Nashville Civil Rights Movement, Sandra Parham, Meharry Medical College Library and Archives
11:35AM Performance #1: Songs of the Movement, Deni E. Lowe
1:30PM Remarks, Dr. Samantha Morgan-Curtis, Dean of Tennessee State University’s College of Liberal Arts
1:35PM Nashville’s Civil Rights Movement Landmarks, 1942-1969, Robbie D. Jones, Richard Grubb and Associates
2:00PM The Civil Rights Room: 20 Years of Sharing Nashville’s Story with the World, Elliott Robinson, Nashville Public Library Special Collections Division
2:25PM Performance #2: Theatrical Adaptation of Andrew Maraniss’ Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, adapted by Tyrone L. Robinson and performed by Gerold Oliver
2:50PM Then and Now: The History of Minority Communities in Nashville, A Vanderbilt University project in collaboration with the Nashville Public Library, Dr. André Churchwell, Vanderbilt University
3:15PM Closing remarks, Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr., conference co-chair, Tennessee State University