Lift Every Voice Global Directory

Find a Local Event Celebrating the Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Lift Every Voice is a global initiative highlighting organizations co-celebrating the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which showcases the depth and breadth of African American history and culture across the nation and around the world. 

Registered events and activities may occur any time within the inaugural year (September 2016 through December 2017). To learn more about Watch Parties, Signature Events and Co-Celebrations in your area, search the Global Directory below. If you are interested in organizing a local event, we'd like to hear about it and add it to this directory.

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

New Providence, Bahamas

Nassau

Ontario, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Toronto

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo Norte

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Museo Cofradia Espiritu Santo
Location: Santo Domingo Norte, Santo Domingo
Description:

Live music with the instrument of congos and dance all day long our African American history.

Al Bahr al Ahmar, Egypt

Hurghada

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Chapeau Claudette
Location: Hurghada, Al Bahr al Ahmar
Al Qahirah, Egypt

Cairo

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

Paris (75) , France

Paris

Jakarta Raya, Indonesia

Central Jakarta

Chihuahua, Mexico

Ciudad Juarez

Panama, Panama

Panama

Panama City

Event Type: Watch Party
Organized by: Biomuseo
Location: Panama City, Panama
Ticket/Registration Required
Kigali-ville, Rwanda

Kigali

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Port of spain

Date: February 17, 2017
Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Take Stock Inc. (In conjunction with The Carnival Institute of Trinidad & Tobago)
Location: Port of spain, Port of Spain
Description:

"Arts and Cultures of the Afro-Trinidadian Diaspora" is presented in celebration of the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. A collaboration between Take Stock Inc. & The Carnival Institute of Trinidad & Tobago.

PROGRAM
I. Panel discussion Guiding topic:
“Improvisation” musically & in life or “Making a Way Out of No Way” became integral to survival for those of African descent in the Western Hemisphere. As presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture exhibit “Making a Way Out of No Way” this discussion will elaborate further.
In particular “…how African Americans crafted possibilities in a world that denied them opportunities. Taking its inspiration from a popular African American expression, explores themes of agency, creativity, and resilience through personal stories of African Americans who challenged racial oppression and discrimination and created ways out of ‘no way.’ This exhibition posits the agency of African Americans – as individuals, as families, as communities, and as organized groups – as central to an understanding of the multiple and important roles of African Americans in the American story. Throughout history, African Americans acted to change and build their lives despite tremendous obstacles, often in collaboration and cooperation with other Americans. The stories presented here reflect the perseverance, resourcefulness, and resilience required of African Americans not only to survive, but to thrive, in America.”
The panel will focus on acknowledging Trinidadian-Americans contribution to society in the field of art & culture with an emphasis on steel pan. Audience take away:
Attendees leave with greater awareness of steel pan history and pioneers who fostered its growth. In global context an appreciation for the role Caribbean art & culture (particularly pan viaCarnival) has played and continues to do so in the United States of America.
II. Exhibit
III. Performance: Maple Leaf Steelpan Ensemble, Revelation Institute for Performing Education (RIPE) & Caribbean New Voices Poetry

"The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event, "Arts and Cultures of the
Afro-Trinidadian Diaspora", do not necessarily represent those of the National Museum of African American
History and Culture."

 

Kiev, Ukraine

Kyiv

Alabama

Birmingham

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Birmingham African American Genealogy Group Inc.
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Description:

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit: A Place for All People

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Description:

"Lift Every Voice: Saving Birmingham's Church History" - An archives workshop celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Event includes: Screening of NMAAHC opening celebration; Featuring "A Place for All People" a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition; Workshop on Preserving Church Documents; and "Galleries Alive" spoken word performances.

Faunsdale

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Marengo County History & Archives Museum
Location: Faunsdale, Alabama
Description:

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit: A Place for All People

Huntsville

Montgomery

Event Type: Watch Party
Organized by: Freedom Rides Museum
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Description:

Watch Party celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC)

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Rosa Parks Museum
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Description:

 Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit: A Place for All People

Arkansas

Fort Smith

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Fort Smith Public Library
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Description:

 Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit: A Place for All People

Little Rock