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Posted: June 8, 2010 in All Posts, Day 2: Nashville, Nashville Sit Ins
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Kwame Lillard personifies the irrepressible spirit that defined the Nashville Movement, and is a life long advocate and activist for civil rights and the advancement of the Movement’s legacy

Next, we were joined by the very dynamic and vibrant Kwame Lillard.

Kwame and Rip took us through all of the places in downtown Nashville – starting with the alley that they used to get together in and mobilize.

Here’s a little more about Kwame, from the bio issued to us:

Kwame Lillard personifies the irrepressible spirit that defined the Nashville Movement, and is a life long advocate and activist for civil rights and the advancement of the Movement’s legacy. A devoted disciple of Jim Lawson and Kelly Miller Smith, he was significantly involved in the management of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s Nashville Movement offices, the Nashville sit-ins, and in the coordinating of the freedom rides and training of freedom riders. Kwame Lillard has challenged both Tennessee State University and the City of Nashville to remember their roots in the Movement, the recognition of the students of SNCC, and the City’s responsibility to advance the gains made possible by the Movement.  His knowledge of the history of Tennessee State University, and the Nashville Movement remains an emotional recollection, and at the same time, his advocacy has taken on a currency that shows his equally genuine passion for the legacy of the Nashville Movement and his vision for the City of Nashville.

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  1. beah07 says:

    The other thing that I think of immediately when I see pictures from this part of the lecture, is “We used this alley to urinate. You know, urinate…that means pee.” That made me chuckle. The other thing was that all of the stores on those two streets, that backed on to that alley were shops that that black citizens could use, but could only come in through the alley entrance. Kwame said that both blacks and whites entered thru those back entrances, but blacks HAD to use the back entrances. Kwame was quite a character and a wealth of information and opinions!

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