For a neat off-the-beaten-path cultural experience, I recommend the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. It’s located pretty much in the heart of the Vanderbilt campus, next door to the engineering building and across the way from the Sarratt art building. The building itself is fairly attractive, even beautiful on a snowy winter night like the one when I walked past it. I wish I could tell you more about it, but to tell the truth I was on the way somewhere and didn’t have time to stop in. However, I checked out the website, and it definitely seems worth the look. I plan on looking it up the next time I’m in the Vanderbilt area. It appears that it not only hosts art exhibits, but also feature films and speakers as well. With so much offered, if you timed it right it would be more than worth the trip.
And, if you wanted to make an evening of it, and didn’t mind walking, you could score some free on-street parking on Belcourt Avenue over by The Dog of Nashville and round things out with a delicious gourmet hotdog. I promise that is not an oxymoron at The Dog Of Nashville. And don’t forget the freshcut fries. Best. French Fries. Ever!
But returning to the subject, I think everyone in Nashville ought to make a trip to the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center to read his words engraved on the stone marker placed out front. No, I’m not going to tell you what they are. You have to go see them for yourself. But they are truly words to live by.