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Mayor Appoints ‘United Street Tours’ Founder As Historical Commissioner

Mayor Appoints ‘United Street Tours’ Founder As Historical Commissioner 

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Chakita Patterson, Founder of United Street Tours with Nashville’s Mayor Briley

 

Staring at my computer in complete shock, I had to reread the line to force myself back to reality. The mayor is “pleased to appoint Ms. Chakita Patterson to the Historical Commission.” Me!?

Email Mayor Briley is pleased to appoint Chakita Patterson to the Historical Commission

This past year has been incredible. It’s amazing reflecting on how far I’ve come since I launched my Nashville tours in Feb 2018. The next morning, I woke up with tears in my eyes. I’m honored to use my strength of creating awareness of the historical impact of race on people of color to advance racial equity and to influence government.

The most often question I get asked when I tell people I’m the Historical Commissioner is, “How did you get the position?”  First, I became a part-time entrepreneur when I started United Street Tours. At the time, I was working as the dean of students at a local high school. I was inspired to create a Nashville walking tour about black history while programming for black history month. Through my work encouraging locals and tourists to engage with Nashville’s full history, several doors have opened, including the opportunity to meet with the mayor.

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So, over the next few blog posts, I’ll lay out how it happened. 

How I Became One Of The Youngest Historical Commissioners

[Part 1]  Taking advantage of ‘hot seat opportunities’

[Part 2] Addressing racial ignorance by turning adversity into opportunity

[Part 3] Overcoming imposter syndrome

[Part 4] Getting a seat at the table

[Part 5] Becoming a board member for leading organizations

[Part 6] Creating award-winning Nashville tours

[Part 7] Interviewing with Nashville council members

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