Civil Rights

Robert Churchwell: Nashville's Pioneering Journalist

Exploring the holdings of Main Library’s Special Collections, I stumbled upon a local figure I hadn’t heard of before—Robert Churchwell. Hired by the Nashville Banner in 1950, Churchwell was the first black journalist and full-time reporter for a Southern newspaper.

News Clipping from MLK's visit to Nashville in May, 1964.

"Not a Man who Talks, but a Man who Acts"

It's been 50 years this month since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., yet his actions and teachings have lived on every day since. Coincidentally, the date of his actual birthday this year was celebrated on the same day of the holiday honoring him. In honor of his legacy, here's a look back at how his work affected Nashville...

Rashad Rayford

Rashad's Reading List

Rashad "thaPoet" Rayford shares his reading list for those who wish to further explore activism and civil rights in literature.

President Kennedy and his wife visited Nashville in May, 1963.

"Happy Birthday, Mr. President!"

Though November marks the last month of his life, May of this year would have marked JFK's 100th birthday; May 29th to be exact. In honor of this milestone, here's a look back at a few of President Kennedy's visits to Nashville, as well as a few anecdotes from people that remember the day he died.

A photo of children after Meigs School was integrated in 1957

Nashville's History with School Integration

Going on 60 years ago, Nashville followed suit with the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, and began a "stair-step" plan to integrate public schools. But it wasn't without difficulty or a strong pushback.

Senator Harper was a member of Metro Council from 1983 - 1991, prior to her election to the State Senate seat in 1991.

Shattering the TN State Senate Ceiling

In honor of African American History Month, I'm recognizing the first African American woman elected to the Tennessee State Senate—Senator Thelma Harper of District 19. Prior to her 1991 historic election to the State Senate, Harper served 8 years on Davidson County's Metro Council.  

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Human Rights Day

December 10th is Human Rights Day and the library has the information to help you answer "What is that?"

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