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53 seniors from Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School came to the Civil Rights Room for a day of research and inquiry on September 21 as part of their capstone project entitled Segregated Nashville.

After going through an in-depth overview  of Nashville’s rich Civil Rights history, students were allowed to conduct research independently using rare sources such as our Oral Histories Collection, photographic images, ephemera,  and bio files. They had the opportunity to retell the many rich stories in order to fully grasp what happened during the Civil Rights Movement right here in our city.

Congressman John Lewis
Congressman John Lewis

Afterwards, the students were privileged to get to hear directly from Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry concerning Congressman John Lewis and his book March.

Congressman Lewis is not only an iconic Nashville Civil Rights activist, but he is now also the Nashville Public Library’s 2016 Literary Award honoree, as well as the Library’s featured author for Nashville Reads 2017. His graphic novel March highlights Congressman Lewis’ extensive leadership roles during the Civil Rights Movement and is now being read in high schools across the country.

While addressing the students at the Civil Rights Room, Mayor Barry encouraged them all to attend Congressman Lewis’ free book signing and discussion on November 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School’s campus. This event is open to the public and is free to everyone.

Mayor Barry also left time to give the high school seniors an opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns about issues important to them and their communities in Nashville.