In Your Backyard: Black Tie Affair


An Evening of Celebration and Remembrance

The African American Heritage Society’s Black Tie Affair is back for its 16th year. The fundraiser supports the McLemore House Museum; home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who built the home as a free man and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Additionally, the event supports the African American Heritage Society, whose mission is to chronicle the lives and contributions African Americans have made in our community. This year’s theme is “Courage, Faith and Commitment;” mindsets and character strengths that African American’s had to possess to survive and become successful in a world that gave them so many challenges in past history.

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State Senator Thelma Harper was named honorary chairperson for this exciting event. Senator Harper also happens to be a native of Williamson County, born in Brentwood. She has made history in Tennessee as the first African American female Senator in the history of the state and was also the first female to preside over the Senate. She has received many honors, awards and accolades for her accomplishments and is very deserving of the honor to serve as Honorary Chair for the society’s annual event. Connie Kinnard, a well-known Franklin native, previously Senior VP of Multicultural Tourism at the Greater Nashville CVC and successful in her career here and who is now the VP of Multicultural Tourism and Development in Miami, Florida will be serving as Mistress of Ceremonies. Kinnard is a cousin of Senator Harper and graciously agreed to come in honor of the Senator.

The legendary Fairfield Four will be in attendance with a performance during the event. The group is famous for their great a capella singing and for keeping the traditional African American a capella gospel singing style that is a vital part of America’s history and culture. Other awards will be given to outstanding families in our county.

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