Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Nashville Civil Rights Veterans Speak Thursday

Photo courtesy The Tennessean
You take a seat at the lunch counter of a Walgreen's Drug Store in downtown Nashville. Everyone is staring and others are starting to react. They shout racial slurs at you. Some people attempt to hit you. They yell in your face. You are a black college student simply trying to be served at a counter reserved for white people. You are risking arrest, and even your college education, with this act of defiance.

You have probably read about the civil rights struggle in America, but what was it really like? Thursday we will have two veterans of the Nashville sit-ins and Freedom Rides on campus to tell us. Matthew Walker, Jr. and Kwame Lillard were on the front lines of the Nashville segregation protest movement. The event is at 12:45pm in the Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library. 

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