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16th Annual Black Tie Affair

  • Embassy Suites Cool Springs 820 Crescent Centre Drive Franklin, TN, 37067 United States (map)

The African American Heritage Society’s 16th Annual Black Tie Affair will be held on Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Cool Springs. The organization is pleased to announce State Senator Thelma Harper as honorary chairperson for this exciting event. Senator Harper is a native of Williamson County, born in Brentwood, TN, who has made huge contributions in our state and continues to do so. 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, 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 very successful in her career here and who is now the VP of Multicultural Tourism and Development in Miami, Fla. will be serving as Mistress of Ceremonies. Ms. Kinnard is a cousin of Senator Harper and graciously agreed to come in honor of the Senator.  

AAHS is also pleased and grateful to the legendary Fairfield Four, who are famous for their great a capella singing and who will be performing at the event. They continue the traditional African American a capella gospel singing style that is a vital part of America’s history and culture. They are three-time Grammy-Award winners, most recently this year for their album, “Still Rockin’ My Soul”, and have received two Lifetime Achievement awards, along with many other honors. They are also known for their appearance in the movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou” along with working with other celebrities. They were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

The organization is grateful for the Sponsors for this year’s event:











Media Sponsors

Franklin/Brentwood Home Page

Southern Exposure


Tennessee Tribune

Your Williamson

WAKM and Williamson Herald


The “Black Tie Affair” is a fundraiser that supports the McLemore House Museum; home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who built the home as a free man and which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The event also 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.

Social hour for the “Black Tie Affair” begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar; the program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Annual awards will be presented to individuals in the following categories, education, business, civic, communication, religion, AAHS volunteer, organization, preservation and community supporter. A theme award will be given and sponsors will be recognized and given awards. Another segment of the program is to give awards and certificates to a Pioneer Family in Williamson County. To receive this designation the family roots have to be traced back to the 1850s and beyond from Williamson County Records. The family for this year is the Lucretia Holt, slave of the Thomas Holt family of Brentwood, Tenn. of which descendants continue to live in Williamson County today. Immediately following the program, there will be music and dancing by Julius Fisher and the Genius Band until 11:00 p.m.  

Tickets are on sale at this time. Individual tickets are $60.00 per person or $600.00 for a table of 10. As usual, the attendance will be great and tickets sell out fast so guests are urged to purchase tickets early. Seating will be arranged according to when tables are completed and paid. For ticket information, please contact Table Host Chair, Paulette Johnson at 615-243-7751. Last date to purchase tickets is 1-27-17, as available. There will also be the 7th Annual Proc’s Amateur Show, the pre- Black Tie Event, at Johnson Elem. Sc., 815 Glass Ln. at 6:00 p.m., on January 21, 2017. Admission to that event is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for 12 and under; children five and under are free. Moe Better BBQ & Fish will be selling food. The actual show will still begin at 6:00 but doors will open at 5:15 so guests can have dinner before the show. Food will also be available during the show.

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