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.



Date: January 13, 2018 -
Organized by: Wilson County Black History Committee
Location: Lebanon, Tennessee

Community leaders and citizens from all walks of life come together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The main focus is on the children and youth as we try to find ways to encourage, enlighten and motivate them to be productive citizens at this critical in our nation. We also honor our sanitation workers and others who make a difference in our community!


Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: WBBP radio AM 1480
Location: Memphis, Tennessee

host live on air coverage

Mt. Juliet




Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Brazos Valley African American Museum
Location: Bryan, Texas



Fort Worth



Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Dance Department
Location: Houston, Texas

San Angelo

San Antonio





Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Gum Springs Historical Society and Museum
Location: Alexandria(GumSprings), Virginia

1. Anniversary Dinner for the Gum Springs Museum.
2. Gum Springs Anniversary Poster presentations (Poster depicting foundational elements of the community) i.e. churches, fraternal organizations, educational elements as well as individuals
3. Present President OBama a Gum Springs Poster as well as the National African American Museum.
Gum Springs is historically the oldest African American community in Fairfax County. A free community established in 1833.


Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Arlington Public Library
Location: Arlington, Virginia

Display of YA Literature by and about African Americans to promote the opening of the new Museum

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: CARE Inc. Nauck Community Archives & Resource Center
Location: Arlington, Virginia

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit: A Place for All People 

Event Type: Watch Party
Organized by: Lomax AME Zion Church
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Ticket/Registration Required