JULY 2021  |  ISSUE 16

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When Chakita was the dean at a local high school in 2018, she saw a trend in education that she sought to change. There was a general lack of teaching about or representation of Black History in Nashville.  So, Chakita made a bold move to create United Street Tours -- a tour company that specializes in Black History tours and experiences. The company became an instant success.
Her mission is to make antiracism the new normal through education and action.
“I first created the tour for my students as a way to inspire them.”
What started out as a dream turned into a way of life.  
 “We started selling the tours for five dollars. FIVE dollars. We sold out for the first six months. We have been completely embraced by the Nashville community.”
Patterson’s main tour runs through downtown Nashville, where Civil Rights history flourishes, visiting sit-in locations that still stand today. They also have a walking tour near Jefferson Street, in a predominantly African American community near Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“The Negro Leagues and baseball history are an important part of the Nashville story. This city is so much more than a country music paradise. Major League Baseball coming to Nashville by honoring the Negro League reality will help evolve the way people see our city and the way people experience our city.”
Chakita has been featured in StyleBlueprint who dubbed her work as "the tour everyone should take”. She is also Nashville Business Journal's 40 under 40 and selected as a 2021 Woman of Influence in the Trailblazer category. Her company is rated 5-stars on major sites and she’s hosted people on tours from all over the world.
For more information and finding time to book your tour, click here.

Veteran songs—written for veterans, by veterans. That only scratches the surface of what Richard Casper and CreatiVets does for veterans across the country that live with PTSD.

In four years as an infantry soldier for the United States Marine Corps, Richard suffered losses at war that caused his own PTSD. It was at a community college in Chicago that he discovered music as therapy. From there, he was determined to help veterans find the same comfort he experienced. “I set out to build a program for veterans to help them outweigh their anxiety and depression with excitement,” Casper said.

In 2013, after finding his own solace through art and music, Richard established CreatiVets. With Nashville known as the Music City Richard decided it was the perfect place for CreatiVets to set up shop. “The process of making a veteran song is a quick, yet beautiful one,” he says. A veteran-mentor with similar wartime experiences reaches out so the veteran feels comfortable sharing their story. CreatiVets provides travel for veterans to come to Nashville and work on a song. Collaborating directly with decorated songwriters and artists, the veteran stories become songs in a matter of days. Just this year, CreatiVets has worked with over 300 veterans with PTSD. The work Richard and his team does is remarkable.

With a servant’s heart, Casper strives to provide support for as many people as he can. “I live legitimately as if tomorrow isn’t coming,” Casper said. “I try to make sure I give back as much as possible to other people.”

Richard avidly supports Nashville having a Major League Baseball team. He has lived in Music City for the past five years, and he believes there is no city more deserving. “When I heard this was one of the destinations proposed, I knew it had to be selected.” We couldn’t agree more and are honored to spotlight Richard and the efforts of CreatiVets.

To find the music created by the veterans, click here.


June 18, 2021 - NASCAR came to town and did not disappoint. With a sold out 40,000-person crowd, we set up in the Fan Zone to give away bats, jerseys, and get to know you all!

June 19, 2021 - Director of Operations and DEI Committee, Michele Frazier celebrated Juneteenth Stars Style. Handing out Stars gear at the Music City Freedom Festival, Nearest Green Distillery, and ending the day at the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) Juneteenth Block Party. What a way to celebrate the day!

Pictured Left: Fawn Weaver (CEO, Nearest Green Distillery) and Michele Frazier.
Pictured Right: Michele Frazier and Stacey Garrett Koju (Board Chair, NMAAM and Board Member, Music City Baseball)
June 21, 2021 - Folds of Honor hosted their first annual Celebrity Golf Tournament. Our amazing intern from MTSU, Ayanna Bronner, represented the Stars for the day. We ended the day listening to Lee Brice sing his hit single “I Drive Your Truck” and the incredible story behind it for one veteran’s family. Music City Baseball is honored to support Folds of Honor as they open their Nashville Chapter.

June 22, 2021 - Music City Baseball proudly hosted the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce for their first in person gathering of 2021! Congratulations to Victor Chatman, Shermica Hunt, and Geraldine Steele, each a winner of a Nashville Stars bat.

June 24, 2021 - Henry Hicks III (President of the National Museum of African American Music) and Crystal Hicks (June Star of the Month) with our Music City Baseball team Rebecca Gonzales, Alberto Gonzales, and Michele Frazier. We were honored to attend the kickoff event for 5th and Broadway!


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