Topic: Civil Rights
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts’ (D-Clarksville) House Bill 0431 (Senate Bill 0251), which would enhance the penalty from a Class C misdemeanor (punishable by a $100.00 fine) to a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to 11 months 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500) when the offender is at fault for an accident resulting in bodily injury or death due to criminal negligence passed the House Criminal Full Committee.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brewster and Amber Tuchscherer (3 of the 4 people injured by the uninsured motorist) attended the committee meeting and have vowed to continue to attend all committee meetings until this legislation is sent to the Governor for his signature. «Read the rest of this article»
2013 is the 50th Anniversary of his “I have A Dream” Speech, and is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
Washington, D.C. – As far as black Americans were concerned, the nation’s response to Brown was agonizingly slow, and neither state legislatures nor the Congress seemed willing to help their cause along.
Finally, President John F. Kennedy recognized that only a strong civil rights bill would put teeth into the drive to secure equal protection of the laws for African Americans.
Perez pledges to fight for Troops’ Rights
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) met Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez at a special town hall meeting here May 17th, 2012.
Perez was joined by U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky David J. Hale; United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry E. Martin; Karen Stevens from the policy and strategy section of the Civil Rights Division; and Chief of Employment Delora Kennebrew from the litigation section of the Civil Rights Division. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – As I stood in the Roxy Regional Theatre watching Brianna Hertzberg, Troy Jackson, Kendall Anne Thompson, Jenae Thompson, and Heather Anderson performing in the opening number of their production of Beehive: The ’60s Musical Sensation all I could think of was WOW!
This engrossing musical captures you from the get-go, and doesn’t let you go until the final curtain comes down ending the show. Older adults will find the musical a trip down memory lane, while the younger crowd will get an amazing introduction to the music that shaped a generation.
The musical follows a group of young women as they experience the social and cultural growth that was the 1960′s.The songs and the singers start out somewhat shallow and cheerful, however the singers and their songs grow in depth, complexity, and social awareness as the events of that tumultuous decade unfold.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University will present a play next week about the experiences of one woman during desegregation efforts.
The one-woman play, “Warriors Don’t Cry,” will be performed at 7:00pm, Tuesday, March 1st in Clement Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
The play depicts the experiences of Melba Pattilo Beals, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” and the civil rights battle that erupted to integrate schools in Little Rock, AR. «Read the rest of this article»
Connecting People and History
Memphis, TN – In September 1991 the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN added another page in civil rights history. The historic site where Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 opened its doors as the National Civil Rights Museum.
Twenty years and over 3 million visitors later, the Museum continues to fulfill its mission of educating and inspiring the masses who visit to see America’s Civil Rights history documented in the 36,000 square feet of exhibit space. To celebrate the Museum’s twenty years of Connecting People and History the Museum is launching several campaigns and special events:
It is with deepest sympathy and regret that we pause to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks, a great lion and trail blazer of civil rights and social justice. Dr. Hooks a “golden throated warrior and silver tongue orator of the gospel”, slipped quietly away this morning in Memphis, Tennessee with his faithful wife Mrs. Francis Dancy Hooks and daughter, Pat at his side.
Dr. Hooks served as head of the National Association for the Advancement from 1977 to 1992. Under his leadership, the Association was retooled to partner with corporate American and expand the member based programs.
Author James A. Hudson will be holding a book reading at Hastings Books on April 3rd from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. He will also be signing copies of his books for attendees.
Recently I had the opportunity to review a book, entitled, “The Rising of Black America with the Assistance of White America”, by James A Hudson.
My first opinion of the book was that it was to opinionated and lacked substance. My bias was due to how the author categorized the black community in the acknowledgment section of the book.
As I continued to read, my interest began to grow. My biases melted towards the writing style of the author and my views of his focus became more vivid.
To me, the book focus was fair and its suppositions are relevant to the content of the subject matter. Focusing on the struggles of the African American, the material presented was found to be close to the way I witnessed the treatment of blacks in the 1960s. «Read the rest of this article»
I am attending Clarksville’s Citizen Police Academy, and will be writing a series of articles detailing my experiences for the readers of Clarksville Online. We have already covered recruitment, procurement, police training, Constitutional rights and arrest procedures, and professional integrity/civil liability.
Some of the upcoming activities that I am looking forward to include trips to the firing range and the Montgomery County Jail, driving a police cruiser, getting shot with a Taser, and pepper sprayed. We will also be getting firsthand exposure to the K-9 squad, bomb disposal unit, and S.W.A.T. teams. «Read the rest of this article»
It takes courage to step outside the mold society tries to force you in, to change the status quo. However, for our society, for our culture to progress, that is exactly what must happen. That was the case in the civil rights era. Young African Americans seeing the inequity of their status and position in our society began to lash out. This lashing out would end up shaking the very foundations of America, and resulted in the first steps towards true equality for every person in this country no matter their race. We are not yet there, the road still stretches out before us, but at least we have begun the journey.
Austin Peay State University moved us another step along that path by bringing in Terrance Roberts to speak, one of the original nine young people who bravely volunteered to be the first African American students to attend a formerly whites only Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas.
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