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Nashville Conference on African-American History and Culture

11/13/2013

SAVE THE DATE!  Nashville Conference on African-American History and Culture to be held February 14, 2014

On February 14, 2014 join Tennessee State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Metropolitan Historical Commission for a celebration of the contributions of African Americans to Nashville and Tennessee history. For over thirty 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 focus on the educational and musical legacies of Nashville’s African-American community to our city and state.

Dr. Sonya Ramsey of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte will focus on the legacy of African-American schoolteachers in Nashville, the subject of her recent book, Reading, Writing, and Segregation: A Century of Black Women Schoolteachers in Nashville. Several of Ramsey’s interviews come from our own Conference attendees! Ramsey’s book has been called “groundbreaking” and “fascinating” by reviewers.

Dr. Don Cusic will speak on educator, poet, and activist James Weldon Johnson. Janet Walsh with the TSU Libraries and Beverly Robertson with the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis will highlight the research and interpretation of the African-American experience at their institutions. In commemoration of the Sesquicentennial year of the Battle of Nashville in the American Civil War, Norm Hill will join Dr. Tim Johnson to discuss the Civil War experiences of Nashville’s African Americans during the Battle of Nashville.

Please make plans to join us for this exceptional program on Friday, February 14, 2014.  The full program brochure will be available in December 2013.

Visit Nashville Conference on African-American History and Culture for more information.