Black History Celebration (Free Day)

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021
Select times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for music, puppet shows, storytelling, and hands-on activities celebrating Black history, arts, & culture! This special day will include both on-site and virtual programming options for connecting at home. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by

Black Murfreesboro Outdoor Market & Food Trucks

Location: Outdoor Patio at Discovery Center

Black Murfreesboro is honored to be a part of Discovery Center’s 2021 Black History Celebration! We are a 501(c) 3 Non-profit organization charged to assist in relieving disparities in the black community. A critical part of our mission is to help promote and connect Black-Owned businesses in the community. During this year’s Black History Celebration, we will have a variety of local Black-Owned businesses present to display, engage and inform attendees about their businesses, craft, and culture. 

While admission to the museum is limited capacity and first come, first served, Black Murfreesboro’s outdoor market is available to the public all day, 9 am-4 pm. In the event of inclement weather, Black Murfreesboro vendors will move indoors, though food trucks may not be available depending on the severity of the weather.

In partnership with


SPECIAL ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS:

 

» Admission Block #1 (9 to 11 a.m.)

9 a.m.: Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck presents Ellingtown puppet show, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Join Duke Ellington, the great master of Jazz, as he takes us on a musical journey with puppets of all sorts in this special presentation produced by the Nashville Jazz Workshop in cooperation with Wishing Chair Productions! ZOOM LINK»

10 a.m.: Nashville Ballet presents The Singing Tortoise, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Travel to the continent of Africa with a Nashville Ballet Teaching Artist and learn the importance of keeping your word in this classic African folktale. Password: NashvilleBallet@DC  VIMEO LINK»

10:30 a.m.: Movement of the Movement with Shabaz Ujima. Dancer and instructor Shabaz will lead us in creating movement and dance, all inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Get ready to move and groove as you learn and experience the art of dance and celebrating Black History!

Professional dancer and instructor Shabaz Ujima is a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary dance at School of Nashville Ballet. Mr. Ujima is also a teaching artist for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Program, which introduces the art of dance to 40,000 community members each year through visits to schools, libraries and more. Outside of his work at Nashville Ballet, Shabaz teaches mindfulness and yoga to local youth and in the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center and is the founder of shackled feet DANCE company.

» Admission Block #2 (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

11:30 a.m.: Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck presents Ellingtown puppet show, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Join Duke Ellington, the great master of Jazz, as he takes us on a musical journey with puppets of all sorts in this special presentation produced by the Nashville Jazz Workshop in cooperation with Wishing Chair Productions! ZOOM LINK»

12:30 p.m.: Songs of The Civil Rights Movement with violinist Nikki Wilson. This timeless music will inspire you to never give up and to face any challenge with courage and tenacity, just like the pioneers of the movement! 

Ms. Wilson, a Nashville native, has been performing and teaching the violin for over 25 years.  She is currently the Orchestra Director at Montgomery Bell Academy and performs with the Parthenon Chamber Orchestra.

1 p.m.: Movement of the Movement with Shabaz Ujima. Dancer and instructor Shabaz will lead us in creating movement and dance, all inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Get ready to move and groove as you learn and experience the art of dance and celebrating Black History!

Professional dancer and instructor Shabaz Ujima is a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary dance at School of Nashville Ballet. Mr. Ujima is also a teaching artist for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Program, which introduces the art of dance to 40,000 community members each year through visits to schools, libraries and more. Outside of his work at Nashville Ballet, Shabaz teaches mindfulness and yoga to local youth and in the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center and is the founder of shackled feet DANCE company.

1 p.m.: Triumph Tales with Nashville Public Library educator Elliot Robinson, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). ZOOM LINK»

Triumph Tales is a new story-time series from the Nashville Public Library Civil Rights Center. Listen to inspiring tales of people overcoming the obstacles of racism, oppression, and ignorance, struggling in the fight to reap the benefits of full American citizenship. Listen to uplifting tales that speak to the joys inherent in the celebration of life, inclusion, and family. Listen to spirit-elevating tales about the human connections that will truly lead us to the “Beloved Community.” Each story is accompanied by a set of discussion questions and additional resources to deepen your conversation! Stories will vary. Triumph Tales is recommended for grades 4 and up, though all ages are welcome.

» Admission Block #3 (2 to 4 p.m.)

2 p.m.: Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck presents Ellingtown puppet show, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Join Duke Ellington, the great master of Jazz, as he takes us on a musical journey with puppets of all sorts in this special presentation produced by the Nashville Jazz Workshop in cooperation with Wishing Chair Productions! ZOOM LINK»

2 p.m.: Nashville Ballet presents The Singing Tortoise, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Travel to the continent of Africa with a Nashville Ballet Teaching Artist and learn the importance of keeping your word in this classic African folktale. Password: NashvilleBallet@DC  VIMEO LINK» 

2:30 p.m.: Movement of the Movement with Shabaz Ujima. Dancer and instructor Shabaz will lead us in creating movement and dance, all inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Get ready to move and groove as you learn and experience the art of dance and celebrating Black History!

Professional dancer and instructor Shabaz Ujima is a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary dance at School of Nashville Ballet. Mr. Ujima is also a teaching artist for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Program, which introduces the art of dance to 40,000 community members each year through visits to schools, libraries and more. Outside of his work at Nashville Ballet, Shabaz teaches mindfulness and yoga to local youth and in the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center and is the founder of shackled feet DANCE company.

3 p.m.: Triumph Tales with Nashville Public Library educator Elliot Robinson, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). ZOOM LINK»

Triumph Tales is a new story-time series from the Nashville Public Library Civil Rights Center. Listen to inspiring tales of people overcoming the obstacles of racism, oppression, and ignorance, struggling in the fight to reap the benefits of full American citizenship. Listen to uplifting tales that speak to the joys inherent in the celebration of life, inclusion, and family. Listen to spirit-elevating tales about the human connections that will truly lead us to the “Beloved Community.” Each story is accompanied by a set of discussion questions and additional resources to deepen your conversation! Stories will vary. Triumph Tales is recommended for grades 4 and up, though all ages are welcome.


Please note: Due to capacity limitations related to the COVID pandemic, we are offering multiple time slots for visitors to choose from on a first-come, first-served basis up to 100 people. Available time blocks: 9 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 2 to 4 p.m.