Tennessee: Nashville’s Civil Rights Legacy

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The Tennessee Civil Rights Trail podcast explores the most significant aspects of the Movement in the state. This episode takes a look at the integral role college students played in the city (from Fisk University, American Baptist College, Tennessee State University and elsewhere) especially as they participated in significant protests, such as the Feb. 1960 sit-in at the F.W. Woolworth building and separately at the April 1960 Davidson County courthouse to protest a bombing at a Civil Rights attorney’s home. Finally, as a nod to the National Museum of African American Music, the episode concludes by exploring how influential African American music was during the 1950s and 1960s.

Learn more about the sites on the Tennessee Civil Rights Trail by visiting:

The episode features the voices and perspectives of:

  • Crystal deGregory, a research fellow at Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation
  • Katie Rainge-Briggs, manager of exhibitions and collections at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville
  • Bernard LaFayette, former American Baptist College student

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