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Celebrate Community and Legacy at the Napier Day Parade and Block Party on June 10th!

Updated: Jun 9, 2023


Get ready for an exciting day of celebration, connection, and commemoration! The Napier Day Parade and Block Party is back, thanks to a network of community organizations dedicated to transforming the stigma surrounding our neighborhood. This extraordinary event, happening on June 10th, promises to honor the legacy of James C. Napier, unveil the new Tennessee Justice Center, and bring together South Nashville in a spirit of unity and joy.




A Historic Legacy:

The Napier Day Parade and Block Party pays homage to the rich heritage of African Americans in Nashville. Inspired by historic leaders like James C. Napier, Callie House, Tony Sudekum, Frederick Douglass, and Diane Nash, this event is a reminder of the invaluable contributions made by the African American community to our city's legacy.


A Parade with Purpose:

Join us in celebrating the revival of a beloved tradition! In the late 90s and early 2000s, a South Nashville parade brought together a collective of churches. Now, with the relaunch of the Napier Day Parade, we aim to honor our history, celebrate our community, and build bridges of connection. This event is a perfect complement to the Juneteenth festivities happening throughout the month.



Exciting Highlights:

The Napier Day Parade and Block Party is not just about the parade itself—it's a day full of excitement and meaningful experiences. Here's what you can look forward to:

  1. Parade: Witness a vibrant procession of community members, local organizations, and cultural displays. Be a part of the jubilant march that showcases the unity and diversity of South Nashville.

  2. Block Party: After the parade, join us for a lively block party filled with music, dance, food vendors, and engaging activities for all ages. This is an opportunity to connect with neighbors, make new friends, and celebrate the strength of our community.

  3. Tennessee Justice Center: Experience the grand unveiling of the new Tennessee Justice Center building. Take a guided tour and learn about the center's vital work in advocating for equitable access to healthcare and social services.



Supporting South Nashville:

By attending the Napier Day Parade and Block Party, you will contribute to the growth and prosperity of South Nashville. All donations received will go toward covering event expenses. Any surplus donations will be evenly distributed to the Black Therapy Fund and the South Nashville Sanctuary Fund. The South Nashville Sanctuary Fund aims to support POC-led organizations serving residents in the 37210 and 37212 area codes, with a particular focus on the James C. Napier Houses, Tony Sudekum Houses, and Edgehill Houses.




Mark Your Calendar:

Don't miss out on this momentous occasion! The Napier Day Parade and Block Party is a celebration of community, heritage, and hope. Join us on June 10th and be a part of transforming the narrative of our neighborhood.


For more information, visit our website at www.bmhv.org. If you have any inquiries, feel free to reach out to Joseph at joseph@bmhv.org, Ashleigh at ashleigh@walkbikenashville.org, or Chanda at cfreeman@tnjustice.org.


Let's come together, honor our legacy, and build a brighter future for South Nashville. See you at the Napier Day Parade and Block Party!




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