Bessie Smith Cultural Center to celebrate Black History Month

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center will commemorate Black History Month in February 2023 with a full calendar of events.

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You can also receive free admission to the Chattanooga African American Museum (located inside the cultural center) on Feb. 25.

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Black History Month kicks off in February, and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center will celebrate all month long with a full calendar of events featuring educational programs, tours, and in-person + virtual public programs.

Here are some of the events planned during the month, but make sure to visit the full calendar of events and available programs online.

“Fireside Chat: The Power of Activism” | Feb. 2 | Discussion with Willie “Mukasa Dada” Ricks + John Edwards on the power of activism and the role Willie played in the Civil Rights Movement.

Screening of “Shared Legacies” | Feb. 9 | In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, this documentary tells the story of the coalition + friendship between the Jewish and African American communities during the Civil Rights Movement.

“Disparities in Health and Healthcare Among African Americans” | Feb. 16 | A panel discussion with African American physicians from the Mountain City Medical Society.

“Chattanooga Black History” | Feb. 23 | Dr. Clark White “Deacon Bluz” will discuss Chattanooga African American history from the early years to today.

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