The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) joins the nation in celebrating the life and legacy of

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year on the third Monday of January, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is honored for his commitment to freedom and equality for all. Here are some programs by our chamber members and partners going on today in honor of the civil rights leader. Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia,  If he were alive today, King would be 95 years old.

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. https://mlkdaynashville.com

Our Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud and honored to share the announcement of the following events scheduled in observance of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.:

MLK Day Annual March to Gentry

Join us as our community comes together to pay homage to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his fight for social justice and civil rights.

Nashville MLK Day Annual Convocation

"Dr. King’s role as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and the influence he had on Nashville’s activism makes this long-standing event a national treasure. Dr. King came to Nashville and spoke on several occasions, but it was the organized effort of student leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Music City that inspired him. In fact, Dr. King’s now famous quote, “I came to Nashville not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that has taken place in this community…”. Nashvillians have stood strong for Civil Rights since the beginning and through leadership, strength and determination to end segregation at the diner counters to the role that Nashville plays today." (source: MLKDayNashville)

Belmont University: MLK Joint Day of Service

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteers from American Baptist College, Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Meharry, Nashville State, Tennessee State University, Trevecca and Vanderbilt, as well as other area colleges and universities will join in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering together for the 13th Annual MLK Joint Day of service!

The Power and Promise of Equitable Education

A moderated panel discussion focused on the faith African Americans have placed in education to obtain equity and freedom with black women leading prominent educational institutions in Nashville:

  • Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University
  • Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Dr. Shanna L. Jackson, President of Nashville State Community College

From The Tennessee Tribune:

"History of MLK March in Nashville"

In 1988, Reverend James “Tex” Thomas called leaders together from the IMF and the NAACP to plan for the first MLK March in Nashville, TN. A few of the names present were as follows: C.E. McGruder, Walter Searcy, Pastor Marcell Kellar, Dr. Charles Kimbrough, James Morris, Rev. Marilyn Ramsey, Venita D. Lewis, Rev. James Turner, Rosie Sheers, Kwame L. Lillard, Councilman Mansfield Douglas, Rev. Enoch Fuzz, Deloris Wilkerson and State Rep. Harold Love Sr., and many others.

The purpose of the meeting was to establish a location and organize the city of Nashville for the first MLK March in 1989. Read more...

Khalil Ekulona, host of WPLN’s ‘This Is Nashville,’ to speak at Vanderbilt’s 2024 MLK Day Commemorative Event

Khalil Ekulona, host of the Nashville Public Radio program This Is Nashville, will be the keynote speaker for Vanderbilt University’s 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration. The keynote is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, in Sarratt Cinema and is open to the university community. The event also will be livestreamed.

NAHCC @MLK Day Labor & Human Rights Breakfast - Scarritt Bennett Center

Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship MLK Labor & Human Rights Breakfast keynote speaker Rev. Darryl Gray, Director General of Social Justice Progressive National Baptist Convention Former KS State Senator; Joerg Rieger, the founding director of the Wendland-Cook program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt Divinity School; and Yuri Cunza, President and CEO, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. - Photo by John Partipilo.

1/12/2024: Nashville Mayor Freddie O'Connell speaks at IMF's MLK Labor & Human Rights Breakfast at Scarritt Bennett Center - Photo by John Partipilo.

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