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

Menlo Park

Milpitas

Oakland

Event Type: Signature Event
Organized by: Lyric Performing Arts Foundation
Location: Oakland, California
Date: October 14, 2017 - October 14, 2017
Organized by: owhstudiostv@gmail.com
Location: Oakland, California
Description:

This is a fundraiser to retire the note, burn the Mortgage on the National Archive Liberty Hall /Marcus Garvey Building. Built in 1877, Liberty Hall is currently home to non-profits, OWH Studios, Inc.m The Veterans Community Media Network, Healthy Communities and the Bay Area Black Nurses Assoc.

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.

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.

Date: December 17, 2017 - December 17, 2017
Organized by: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Denver Chapter
Location: Denver, Colorado
Description:

We invite you to meet 26 outstanding African American men at the 2017 Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 34th Annual Beautillion presented by the Denver Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. This tradition began in 1983 to recognize African American male high school seniors who meet a high academic standard and have a documented record of contributions and accomplishments in their communities and extra-curricular activities.

The Beautillion is a formal ball given annually by the Denver Chapter of Jack and Jill of America to recognize the outstanding achievements of African-American male high school seniors in the Denver metropolitan area. It was started when mothers realized that, there was a great deal of negative local and national press regarding African American males and there was hardly any news coverage in print or on television that portrayed men of color in a positive light.

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

Location: Washington, District Of Columbia