MLK at 50: Hopeful but Not Blind
Join us as we Celebrate Black History Month
with Andrea Blackman
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of King’s tragic death and an opportunity for communities to reflect on the state of racial unity and personal accountability. It creates the occasion to reflect on where we’ve been and look ahead to where we must go as we pursue racial unity in the midst of tremendous tension.
Andrea Blackman will guide us through dialogue that analyzes personal and social intersections with the pressing social issues of today. The conversation is a passport to the type of cultural exploration that incites introspection and leaves us asking, “Where do we go from here?”
- Dialogue that challenges our perception of King’s vision
- Gender and responsibility and what the vision was and what it is now
About Andrea Blackman:
Andrea currently serves as a Division/Project Director for the Nashville Public Library. In 2003 Andrea coordinated the library’s nationally recognized Civil Rights Room and Collection, after a decade of consulting and teaching in both Florida and Tennessee.
In 2015, she began developing public initiatives to go beyond traditional boundaries to better serve communities. In the wake of increased media attention on interactions between law enforcement and African-American citizens, she developed a cultural awareness education curriculum rooted in the Nashville Civil Rights Movement. The program encourages new law enforcement recruits, seasoned officers, and organization leaders to examine the ways that their city’s past influences the current social climate.
Recognized by the Nissan Foundation, Andrea was awarded $30,000 to continue her program Civil Rights and A Civil Society. She recently won a 2016 AASLH History In Progress (HIP) Award, as well as a 2016 Leadership in History and Innovation Award for the program’s unique strategies for community engagement.
Andrea regularly speaks in the community and academia on cultural competencies, multicultural education, civil and human rights, and oral history methodologies. In 2013, Blackman was awarded the Edwina Hefner Community Leadership Award; in 2016 she was awarded the Omega Citizen of the Year Award. She has been part of the Samuel H. Shannon Distinguished Lecture Series at Tennessee State University; and has held the post of professor at both Lipscomb University and adjunct instructor Vanderbilt University.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board. Throughout her career, Andrea has been known for her professional leadership, innovative ideas in making history relevant across generations, and advocacy for cultural sensitivity. Under her leadership, the Nashville Public Library has compiled ten successful community and oral history projects. She is an adult leader with Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and previously served as an adult leader with Boy Scouts of America. Her research interest includes education disparity and self-representations in children’s literature.
Cable is thrilled to have Andrea Blackman share her impactful words at our luncheon on February 14!