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Registration is now open for the 2018 Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture


On Friday, February 9, 2018 join Tennessee State University’s College of Liberal Arts and the Metropolitan Historical Commission for a celebration of the contributions of African Americans to Nashville and Tennessee history. For over thirty-five 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, entitled “A Panoramic View of African American History in Nashville and Tennessee,” will examine the myriad ways African Americans have made an impact in Nashville and Tennessee, through history, story, and song.

This year’s speakers include Vanderbilt history professor Dr. Jane Landers presenting on Nashville’s early Black history; Hermitage assistant curator Dr. Ashley Bouknight using Black material culture as a lens to evaluate activism; and Vanderbilt history professor Dr. Brandon Byrd speaking on Toussaint L’Ouverture and his connection to Tennessee. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., retired Vanderbilt professor Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin will examine Dr. King’s legacy in the age of “Trumpism.” Dr. Herbert Clark and Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopkins will both discuss the idea of “racial uplift;” Dr. Clark through the life of James Carroll Napier, and Dr. Bond Hopkins through the impact of HBCU-educated Africans Americans in rural communities. Continuing the conference’s long-standing tradition in celebrating African-American music, TSU history professor Dr. K.T. Ewing will present on two jazz greats, Alberta Hunter and Lil Hardin Armstrong. As always, the conference will provide an opportunity for musical and artistic enlightenment, with a recitation of “The Witness Wall” by spoken word poets Gray Bulla and Constance Bynum of Southern Word, and a performance by the TSU Meistersingers.

Please make plans to join us for this exceptional program on Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Avon Williams Campus of Tennessee State University. The Conference will begin at 9:00 am and will conclude at 3:30 pm. Registration is $25, and includes admission to all speakers and performances, and additions to the Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee series. Lunch and parking are also included. The full program registration brochure are available at or by calling 615-862-7970.