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Gideons Army Driving While Black
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In October, a group of Nashville activists stood on the steps of City Hall to announce findings of racial disparities in local policing and to demand changes to how traffic stops are conducted. Now they’ll get the chance to show the Metro Council exactly what they found by analyzing 82,000 traffic stops from the past five years.

Gideon's Army Rasheedat Fetuga Driving While Black
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Nashville police stop black drivers more often than whites. And they push to search the vehicles of black drivers more regularly, despite incriminating evidence being found more often in the possession of white drivers.

Those are among findings from a citizen coalition that says it now has statistical proof of racial profiling and police harassment in poor Nashville neighborhoods. The group has asked the Department of Justice to investigate and crafted 11 demands for change from leaders with Metro and the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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One of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement in Nashville tried to guide the current generation of activists while visiting Fisk University on Thursday. Diane Nash returned to her alma mater to speak to students about organizing nonviolently.

courtesy Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International

A prominent minister in Nashville has formed a political action committee aimed at voter turnout among millennials and minorities. Bishop Joseph Walker of Mount Zion Baptist Church says he's trying to harness current anger about police violence.

Operation Safer Streets
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Operation Safer Streets is the Nashville police program that has drawn some of the most specific criticisms from Black Lives Matter Nashville this month. While the department defends the operation (detailed below), the tension reveals a complex question: Does an increased police presence make a neighborhood safer?

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A hand-picked group of 150 people sat in the Pearl Cohn High School gym Saturday afternoon, a dozen to each table. There, in the heart of Nashville's African-American community, prosecutors, pastors and community activists shared their feelings on race and policing. And what they said revealed fear on the part of both African-Americans and police.

Black Lives Matter Rondriquez White
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The Black Lives Matter movement has marshaled a following in Nashville, and now there’s growing anticipation to see a platform or a list of specific demands.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry
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Nashville will convene leaders of about 100 organizations next week to discuss racial justice issues in the African-American community.

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Black Lives Matter is the name of the group that's been leading protests and marches in Nashville, but the people attending have been surprisingly diverse.

And for white activists, many are still trying to figure out their role.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

There have been some unfamiliar faces leading Black Lives Matter rallies. They represent a new generation of activists in Nashville. And they've been intentional about separating themselves from groups that rose to prominence in the Civil Rights Movement.