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Fisk Food and Music Festival on the Campus Grove, June 29


Ground Breaking at Fisk University, May 3, 2019


Fisk & Film” Fundraiser for the University, May 2, 2019

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Fisk is One of Ten Winners of the 2019 Retool Your School Competition

Fisk is the top-ranked of three Tennessee insti­tu­tions in Cluster Three to win a $50,000 Home Depot Retool Your School Award in the 2019 Competition. Other Tennessee insti­tu­tions are Lane College, Jackson, TN and Meharry Medical College. The con­test end­ed on April 14. Thanks to every Fiskite who par­tic­i­pat­ed in vot­ing for our alma mater. Tennessee State University, in anoth­er clus­ter, also was a win­ner.

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Fisk University President’s Monthly Newsletter, April 4, 2019

Kevin Rome, Sr., PhD

Kevin D. Rome, Sr., PhD


It is final­ly begin­ning to feel like spring­time and I am excit­ed about it. It is also quite clear our stu­dents are delight­ed with the expand­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties to enjoy the out­doors, which is evinced by the increased num­ber of stu­dents occu­py­ing our var­i­ous green spaces. They are a few weeks removed from Spring Break and are focused on the last few weeks of the semes­ter. It is hard to believe grad­u­a­tion is near­ly a month away.”

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Dr. Jessie Carney Smith is Honoree of the Museum of the Bible

Dr. Jessie Carney Smith

Jessie Smith PhD

Dr. Jessie Carney Smith, Dean of the Library and hold­er of the Camille Cosby Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at Fisk University, will be the hon­oree dur­ing an event at the Museum of the Bible cel­e­brat­ing Women’s History Month on March 21, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., at the muse­um. The  extreme­ly rare copy of the Slave Bible also is on loan to the Museum of the Bible, as an exhib­it, by Fisk University.

Dr. Smith is the author of numer­ous pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing Black Firsts, 3rd Edition, 2013, Detroit: Visible Ink Press; Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture. 4 vols, 2011, Santa Barbara: Greenwood/ABC-CLIO; Civil Rights Facts and Firsts, 2009, with Linda Wynn, Detroit: Visible Ink Press; Notable Black American Men, Book II, 2006, Book I, 1999, Detroit: Gale Research; Notable Black American Women, 2003, Detroit: Gale Research.

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In Review: The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, March 2, 2019

The Fisk Jubilee Singers

The Fisk Jubilee Singers

If you’re not allowed to hope for free­dom, call it Heaven and stick it in a song. That was the strat­e­gy that emerged on March 2 at Zankel Hall, when the Fisk Jubilee Singers pre­sent­ed a con­cert of spir­i­tu­als under the aegis of the Harry T Burleigh Society as the inau­gur­al event of their 2019 con­fer­ence. Very few of the select­ed songs explic­it­ly men­tioned the myr­i­ad hor­rors of chat­tel slav­ery or looked for­ward to its end with yearn­ing, but even in the most osten­si­bly joy­ous num­bers, the sub­text was unmiss­able.

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Plan Your Visit to Fisk University Galleries

Van Vechten Gallery

Van Vechten Gallery

Fisk University Galleries include the Carl Van Vechten Gallery, the Aaron Douglas Gallery and the Aaron Douglas Murals. All three are with­in a short walk of each oth­er. When you arrive at the Carl Van Vechten Gallery, one of the Gallery Ambassadors will be hap­py to direct you to these and oth­er sites on cam­pus.

Please note that the gal­leries close for Fisk University hol­i­days (click here for the aca­d­e­m­ic cal­en­dar).

Tours & Class Visits: If you would like to sched­ule a free tour of the exhi­bi­tions with one of the Gallery Ambassadors or a class vis­it with a staff mem­ber, please call 615–329-8720 or email If you are inter­est­ed in a tour of Fisk University’s cam­pus, please con­tact Kara Duke, Campus Visit Coordinator, in the Office of Recruitment and Admission, at 615–329-8835, or email Read more.


Fisk Video

Welcome to Fisk by President Kevin D. Rome, Sr.


Fisk Video

Fisk University Celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2016. Former fac­ul­ty, staff, stu­dents, and grad­u­ates are called out.