Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

By Sellars Huy

Wondering how you can celebrate and honor Black History Month in our socially distant, virtual world? There are just as many opportunities as ever to celebrate this month and every month. While we of course encourage you to partake in some of these activities, hold on to this list and use it all year long.

If you are looking to get out of the house and do some in-person sightseeing, spend your Saturday or Sunday with our client the National Museum of African American Music. Here you can learn about African American music from its conception all the way to the present. The museum is open every weekend in February for timed, self-guided tours. Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time so they don’t sell out! Consider joining as a member, starting at just $50 a year.

Looking for other things to do? Check out this article from Visit Music City! They have a list of ongoing and February-specific Black History Month events.

Donating and volunteering for local nonprofits is always a plus. Due to COVID-19, there might not be as many volunteer opportunities as usual, but research the nonprofits you are interested in now so you can volunteer later! This piece on How To Support the Black Community in Middle Tennessee has a list of 32 different organizations.

MP&Fers love to read. If you haven’t already read “Becoming” by Michelle Obama or “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, try them out this month! If short form is more to your liking, read the poems of Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou.

Meal planning for February and don’t fancy yourself a chef? Head over to one of the many Black-owned restaurants right here in Nashville. Here’s a list of 24 places that are sure to make your mouth water. While you might not be able to get this all done in February, don’t fret! It is always a good time of year to celebrate Black history and culture.