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Williamson County Schools recently decided to do away with a series of training videos meant to help teachers better approach sensitive subjects like race.

The move came after pressure from the Williamson County Republican Party, which objected to a section on privilege. It also followed allegations of racially motivated bullying and complaints about insensitive homework assignments, leading two teachers to resign.

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The city of Franklin, Tennessee has voted to support a project that would put African American history markers around a Confederate statue in its town square. City leaders say they believe adding to, rather than tearing down the monument, will satisfy everyone. But, some residents are pushing back.

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A rare, segregation-era school building near downtown Nashville will likely be demolished to make way for a new home to an arts-centric high school.

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For many, Nashville’s newest historical marker is long overdue.

About two blocks west of City Hall, the sign describes the Nashville Slave Market as a place of profit-driven trauma for the African-Americans who were sold there, and it explicitly links slavery to the city’s early prosperity.

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Nashville General Hospital and Meharry Medical College are pooling all of their patient data over the last 10 years and making it available to researchers. The data set is meant to provide insight into local health challenges and broader racial disparities.

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Nashville's newest display of public art could easily be overlooked: an antique crib and highchair, littered with baby bottles. It's in the lobby of the Lentz Public Health Center, and the artwork speaks to the ways racism has harmed public health.

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When Nashville schools began to integrate in 1957, first graders walked through angry white mobs. 

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A documentary about the Vanderbilt basketball star Perry Wallace, who integrated the Southeastern Conference, debuts Monday evening on campus. But the event has taken on a somber tone because Wallace died on Friday — just as his alma mater was marking the 50th anniversary of the breaking of a stubborn color barrier.

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Many schools aspire for racial diversity. But that’s not quite the aim of the newest charter school in North Nashville. KIPP Nashville College Prep Elementary says it is embracing what is a reality for most schools in the area: that students are primarily African-American, and instead of swimming against the current, it’s trying to turn cultural isolation into a positive.

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Nashville has received $15 million to help out some of its public magnet schools. The U.S. Department of Education grant will get distributed among five elementary schools with large Hispanic or African American populations.