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.

Alabama

Montgomery

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

Monticello

Texarkana

Arizona

Phoenix

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Musical Instrument Museum
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale

California

Altadena

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: United Economic Development Fund, Inc
Location: Altadena, California

Carson

Cerritos

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Cerritos Library
Location: Cerritos, California
Description:

Cerritos Library is pleased to present an exhibition of the poster display "A Place for All People" throughout the month of September to celebrate the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Clovis

Fresno

Event Type: Watch Party
Organized by: African-American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley
Location: Fresno, California

Joshua Tree

Los Angeles

Menlo Park

Milpitas

Oakland

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Lyric Performing Arts Foundation
Location: Oakland, California

Perris

Sacramento

San Diego

Date: April 29, 2017 -
Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Cultural Noire Performing Arts Company
Location: San Diego, California
Description:

Cultural Noire Performing Arts Company and The Friends of Malcolm X Library present “Lift Every Voice," the global Grand Opening Celebration of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. The San Diego Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 29th at 6:00p.m. at the Malcolm X Library & Performing Arts Center, located at 5148 Market Street  San Diego, CA.  The event is free. 

Local performing and visual artists will be featured, along with culturally relevant refreshments from local restaurants, music and dance, poetry, storytelling arts, and a presentation on the Museum’s historic march to completion. Special artwork directly from NMAAHC will be presented by WorldBeat Cultural Center. The featured speaker will be Art Scholar Gaidi Finnie, Executive Director of the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts.

For more information, contact:

Gina M. Jackson, M.A., M.Ed. (Founder and Executive Artistic Director, Cultural Noire Performing Arts Company, (619) 318-3144, culturalnoirepac@gmail.com | ginam.jackson@yahoo.com )

Date: May 7, 2017 -
Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Malcolm X Library (5148 Market ST., San Diego, CA 92114)
Location: San Diego, California
Description:

PLEASANT Institute, in association with CAT Sparks Art, Inc. will present, Signs for Life: an exhibition and community participation event. This Smithsonian Signature Series program is preceded by a free and open to the public Pre-exhibition Gala @ Malcom X Public Library, 5148 Market St, San Diego, CA 92114 Call: (619) 527-3405, 2:00-3:00pm, May 7, 2017. It features the sign art legacy of Southern artist William Pleasant, Jr. Pleasant’s work is a featured part of the Cultural Expressions exhibit in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American Culture and History. Signs for Life will explore Civil Rights and Black Power through the related paintings and signage of William Pleasant, Jr. The afternoon events include cultural food, hands-on community art-making and signage, music making, and much more.
Call: 619.435.1504 studio 619.301.9130 mobile. See: Pleasantinstitute.com, www.davidpleasant1.com ; Catsparksart.com.