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Civil Rights

John Lewis Nashville civil rights photo
Nashville Public Library, Special Collections

He’s the living embodiment of Nashville’s role in the civil rights movement. And this weekend, Georgia Congressman John Lewis will receive the city’s top literary award for chronicling those years in his graphic novel trilogy, called “March.”

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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.

Peoples Guide To Nashville

A new guidebook will be written to collect Nashville’s lesser-known stories and history. Known as “A People’s Guide To Nashville,” it’s the latest in a multi-city book series that illuminates places and events that have been ignored, giving voice to minority groups, protest movements and unsung heroes.

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A Tennessee attorney is trying to elevate the little-known story of Elbert Williams, who was found murdered in 1940. The 75-year-old mystery may represent the earliest NAACP member killed for the cause of Civil Rights.