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Black History Month Celebration

Presented by Discovery Center at Murfree Spring at Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Murfreesboro TN

Feb 28 2021
Black History Month Celebration

Join Discovery Center for music, puppet shows, storytelling, and hands-on activities celebrating Black history, arts, & culture!

This special day will include both on-site and virtual programming options for connecting at home. Sponsored by the Nissan Foundation. Free and open to the public.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS:
 

Admission Block #1 (9am to 11am)

9am: Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck presents Ellingtown puppet show, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Join Duke Ellington, the great master of Jazz, as he takes you on a musical journey with puppets of all sorts in this special presentation produced by the Nashville Jazz Workshop in cooperation with Wishing Chair Productions!

10am: Nashville Ballet presents The Singing Tortoise, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Travel to the continent of Africa with a Nashville Ballet Teaching Artist and learn the importance of keeping your word in this classic African folktale. ZOOM LINK will be posted on website.

10:30am: Movement of the Movement with Shabaz Ujima. Dancer and instructor Shabaz will lead in creating movement and dance, all inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Get ready to move and groove as you learn and experience the art of dance and celebrating Black History! Professional dancer and instructor Shabaz Ujima is a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary dance at School of Nashville Ballet. Mr. Ujima is also a teaching artist for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Program, which introduces the art of dance to 40,000 community members each year through visits to schools, libraries and more. Outside of his work at Nashville Ballet, Shabaz teaches mindfulness and yoga to local youth and in the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center and is the founder of shackled feet DANCE company.

Admission Block #2 (11:30am to 1:30pm)

11:30am: Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck presents Ellingtown puppet show, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Join Duke Ellington, the great master of Jazz, as he takes us on a musical journey with puppets of all sorts in this special presentation produced by the Nashville Jazz Workshop in cooperation with Wishing Chair Productions! ZOOM LINK.

12:30pm: Songs of The Civil Rights Movement with violinist Nikki Wilson. This timeless music will inspire you to never give up and to face any challenge with courage and tenacity, just like the pioneers of the movement! Ms. Wilson, a Nashville native, has been performing and teaching the violin for over 25 years.  She is currently the Orchestra Director at Montgomery Bell Academy and performs with the Parthenon Chamber Orchestra.

1pm: Movement of the Movement with Shabaz Ujima. Dancer and instructor Shabaz will lead us in creating movement and dance, all inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Get ready to move and groove as you learn and experience the art of dance and celebrating Black History! Professional dancer and instructor Shabaz Ujima is a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary dance at School of Nashville Ballet. Mr. Ujima is also a teaching artist for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Program, which introduces the art of dance to 40,000 community members each year through visits to schools, libraries and more. Outside of his work at Nashville Ballet, Shabaz teaches mindfulness and yoga to local youth and in the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center and is the founder of shackled feet DANCE company.

1pm: Triumph Tales with Nashville Public Library educator Elliot Robinson, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). ZOOM LINK.

Triumph Tales is a new story-time series from the Nashville Public Library Civil Rights Center. Listen to inspiring tales of people overcoming the obstacles of racism, oppression, and ignorance, struggling in the fight to reap the benefits of full American citizenship. Listen to uplifting tales that speak to the joys inherent in the celebration of life, inclusion, and family. Listen to spirit-elevating tales about the human connections that will truly lead us to the “Beloved Community.” Each story is accompanied by a set of discussion questions and additional resources to deepen your conversation! Stories will vary. Triumph Tales is recommended for grades 4 and up, though all ages are welcome.

 
Admission Block #3 (2pm to 4pm)

2pm: Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck presents Ellingtown puppet show, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Join Duke Ellington, the great master of Jazz, as he takes us on a musical journey with puppets of all sorts in this special presentation produced by the Nashville Jazz Workshop in cooperation with Wishing Chair Productions!

2pm: Nashville Ballet presents The Singing Tortoise, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). Travel to the continent of Africa with a Nashville Ballet Teaching Artist and learn the importance of keeping your word in this classic African folktale. ZOOM LINK.

2:30pm: Movement of the Movement with Shabaz Ujima. Dancer and instructor Shabaz will lead us in creating movement and dance, all inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Get ready to move and groove as you learn and experience the art of dance and celebrating Black History! Professional dancer and instructor Shabaz Ujima is a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary dance at School of Nashville Ballet. Mr. Ujima is also a teaching artist for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Program, which introduces the art of dance to 40,000 community members each year through visits to schools, libraries and more. Outside of his work at Nashville Ballet, Shabaz teaches mindfulness and yoga to local youth and in the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center and is the founder of shackled feet DANCE company.

3pm: Triumph Tales with Nashville Public Library educator Elliot Robinson, virtual interactive via Zoom (attend from home or at Discovery Center). ZOOM LINK COMING SOON. Triumph Tales is a new story-time series from the Nashville Public Library Civil Rights Center. Listen to inspiring tales of people overcoming the obstacles of racism, oppression, and ignorance, struggling in the fight to reap the benefits of full American citizenship. Listen to uplifting tales that speak to the joys inherent in the celebration of life, inclusion, and family. Listen to spirit-elevating tales about the human connections that will truly lead us to the “Beloved Community.” Each story is accompanied by a set of discussion questions and additional resources to deepen your conversation! Stories will vary. Triumph Tales is recommended for grades 4 and up, though all ages are welcome. ZOOM LINK.

Source: Discovery Center

ADMISSION INFO

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INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*

Additional time info:

Please note: Due to capacity limitations related to the COVID pandemic, Discovery Center are offering multiple time slots for visitors to choose from on a first-come, first-served basis up to 100 people. Available time blocks: 9am to 11am, 11:30am to 1:30pm, and 2pm to 4pm.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

LOCATION

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

502 South East Broad Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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PARKING INFO

On-site parking is available with several handicapped spaces available in the first row closest to our main entrance. Parking is free and on a first-come, first served basis.

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