We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957–1968 | Nashville Public Radio

Event Details

  • March 30, 2018 to
    October 14, 2018
  • 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Free

Venue

Event Description

Demonstrators sing in front of the Nashville Police Dept. on August 7, 1961.

The Frist Center will present "We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957–1968" a selection of approximately 50 photographs that document an important period in Nashville’s struggle for racial equality. The exhibit will be from March 30th - Oct. 14th. The images were taken between 1957, the year that desegregation began in public schools, and 1968, when Dr. King was killed in Memphis. Of central significance are photographs of lunch counter sit-ins led by a group of students—including John Lewis & Diane Nash—from local historically black colleges and universities, which took place in early 1960. The role that Nashville played in the national civil rights movement as a hub for training students in nonviolent protest and as the first southern city to integrate places of business peacefully is a story that warrants reexamination and introduction to younger generations and newcomers to the region. The exhibition also provides opportunities to consider the role of images & the media in shaping public opinion—a relevant subject in today’s news-saturated climate. They criticized “inadequate” police protection and called for qualified black personnel to “replace incompetent officers on the police force.” Photo by Eldred Reaney, with permission from The Tennessean

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