Sekou Franklin

Sekou Franklin

The author is a plaintiff in the challenge to Tennessee’s excuse requirements for voting absentee. He resides in Davidson County.

Gov. Bill Lee and Sen. Lamar Alexander at an October event recognizing the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. (Photo: Gov. Bill Lee, Facebook)

Commentary: Lee’s inept governing show lack of preparedness for job

By: - December 2, 2020

It is hard to imagine a worse start to a governorship than Bill Lee’s.  Elected in 2018 as an exemplar of evangelical Christian values and bipartisan criminal justice reform, Lee has become quite the opposite.  His schizophrenic response to COVID-19, along with an inept school voucher program, are further displays of a governor who simply […]

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Commentary: TN Courts to Address Racial Bias? Start with Abu

By: - July 22, 2020

On June 25, the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission announced a new initiative to address racial bias in the state’s legal system. The initiative was launched in response to the wave of racial justice protests. If AJC is committed to addressing racial justice, it can start  with capital punishment and the ongoing legal […]

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Commentary: Tennesseans with Sick Family Members Forced into Impossible Choice Under Restrictive State Election Law

By: - May 21, 2020

In the COVID-19 era, mandatory in-person voting is a public health risk for people that depend on the assistance of family members to meet daily needs. My father relies on me. People looking after family members with illnesses shoulder an enormous burden. That burden should not force us to sit on the sideline during the […]