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.

California

San Diego

Date: May 13, 2017 -
Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Malcolm X Public Library (5148 Market St., San Diego, CA 92114)
Location: San Diego, California
Description:

Signs for Life: William Pleasant, Jr. Retrospective and Community Arts Event

Pleasant Institute, in association with CAT Sparks Art, Inc. presents, Signs for Life: an exhibition and community participation event, May 13, 2017, 7p. The event 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. (b. 1928, d. 1997). While highlighting the appreciation of hands-on analog creativity and engaged participation, a type of direct contact and change, evening events include hands-on community art-making, music making, and readings from the David Sax book, Revenge of the Analog.

The Official Opening will be at: Pleasant Institute @ Cat Sparks Art! Located in Barrio Logan (1985 National Ave., Suite #1119, San Diego, CA 92113)

619-301-9130 mobile | 619-435-1504 studio | www.davidpleasant1.com | www.Pleasantinstitute.com | www.Catsparksart.com

Colorado

Denver

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: History Colorado
Location: Denver, Colorado
Description:

History Colorado will help celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History on September 24 by highlighting one of Colorado's local stories and national treasures, Lincoln Hills. Actress Lonnie McCabe will perform Memory Kitchen, bringing Lincoln Hills to life through the memories of Linda KaiKai Tucker. Linda KaiKai Tucker is an African American woman who grew up in 1940s Denver. She draws attention to segregation in the city, and joyously proclaims he merits of Lincoln Hills, an African American resort community in Gilpin County. Tucker recalls childhood in Lincoln Hills as she stands by her cabin stove.

Connecticut

Farmington

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Farmington Valley Chapter Links, Incorporated
Location: Farmington, Connecticut
Description:

We are going to have a luncheon where we share and discuss the NMAAHC and the impact it will have on our community and the nation. We will also have a virtual tour, discuss a group trip to the museum and conduct a quiz game on African American history.

Ticket/Registration Required

Hartford

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Artists Collective, Inc.
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Description:

The Artists Collective, Inc., initiated by Jackie McLean, the internationally-acclaimed alto saxophonist, composer and educator, has entered its 47th year as an interdisciplinary arts and cultural institution serving the Greater Hartford region. As the only multi-arts cultural organization of its kind in Connecticut that emphasizes the cultural and artistic contributions of the African Diaspora, the Collective continues to offer the highest quality training in the performing arts – dance, theater, music and visual arts. In addition, the Collective exposes students and the community at large to great and too often overlooked artists of the past and present. “Skills for Living” and educational workshops are an integral component of the Rite of Passage Program – Yaboo Ceremony, Summer Youth Employment Training Program. Since its inception, the Artists Collective has trained thousands in all arts disciplines and has touched their lives and those of their families. Through its ongoing presentation of great artists of the African Diaspora, the Collective provides positive adult role models for a new generation of artists. Jazz greats, new emerging musicians, nationally-recognized dance and theater companies and gospel artists, as well as visual artists and lectures by nationally-recognized historians comprise the Collective’s special events programs. We are presenting internationally acclaimed Neo Soul, hip hop artists, Les Nubians on Saturday, September 24 @ 8:00 p.m. for a free community concert. We will celebrate and recognize the opening of the museum before the concert. We will plan another more formal celebratory event before December 2017. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: The Greater Hartford Progressive Democratic Women's Club
Location: Hartford, Connecticut

New London

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: New London Maritime Society
Location: New London, Connecticut
Description:

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit: A Place for All People

District Of Columbia

Washington

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: African American Civil War Memorial Museum
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Description:

Watch Party from 10 -12, Neighborhood festival with food and music, free shuttle to and from the National Mall.

Event Type: Watch Party
Organized by: Against all Odds
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Allen Chapel AME Church
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Description:

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit: A Place for All People

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: American Alliance of Museums
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Description:

Encourage museums around the country to participate and register their events. We will also follow and live-tweet the dedication live stream.

Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: American Institute of Steel Construction
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: BDPA Washington, D.C.
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Description:

Our celebration will be a Media Event for technology professionals BDPA-DC is publishing a Special Edition of bdpatoday for September 2016. BDPA, formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates, is America's oldest African-American professional organization dedicated to advancing information technology, cyber, and STEM careers across all industry vertical markets. bdpatoday is a serial publication, ISSN# 1946-1429. Popular Technology TV (PTTV) is powered by bdpatoday. References and landing pages: BDPA.org, BDPADC.org, bdpatoday.com, populartechnology.tv

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Black Bloggers Connect
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Champagne Breakfast & Viewing Party presented by the DC Host Committee
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Event Type: Co-Celebration
Organized by: Compersia
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia