Civil Rights

The nearly 3,000-pound bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest loaded onto a flat-bed truck for transport to the Tennessee State Museum. (Photo: John Partipilo)

House Speaker wants more elected “voices” on monument decisions

BY: - July 26, 2021

In the wake of the State Building Commission vote to relocate the busts of Nathan Bedford Forrest and two U.S. admirals, House Speaker Cameron Sexton is set to push for a change in state law, likely to involve more legislators in future decisions to move statues. Sexton issued a statement last week saying, “From the […]

Forrest carted out of Capitol in straps and chains

BY: - July 23, 2021

Strapped and chained, the bust of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was lowered by a boom and unceremoniously rolled out of the second floor of the State Capitol Friday morning, more than 40 years after legislators voted to place him there. The Rev. Venita Lewis, a 40-year civil rights activist, cheered the removal as […]

State Rep. London Lamar, D-Memphis, stands with activist Justin Jones in front of the soon-to-be-gone bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Years in the making, Forrest busting out of State Capitol

BY: - July 22, 2021

Black lawmakers have been fighting for years to relocate Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s bust from the State Capitol. They were in reserved celebratory mood Thursday. Finally, after a 5-2 vote Thursday by the State Building Commission, including a rare one cast by Gov. Bill Lee, the bust is bound for the State Museum. […]

HAMILTON, ON - JANUARY 16: Luke Prokop #60 of Team White skates during the 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game against Team Red at FirstOntario Centre on January 16, 2020 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Preds’ prospect coming out good news for Tennessee

BY: - July 22, 2021

Earlier this week Nashville became home to the National Hockey League’s first active, openly gay player after Predators’ prospect Luke Prokop came out. Prokop posted the personal announcement in an Instagram post on Monday and later did an interview with ESPN—making history for himself, for fellow players and for Music City. In his post, Prokop […]

Historic Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Metro Council wrangling continues over minority appointment to Fair Board

BY: - July 21, 2021

On Tuesday night, two Metro Nashville Council Members  accused colleagues of pitting Black and Hispanic communities against each other as they argued over new appointees to the Fair Board Commission. As council members prepared to vote in Tracy Hardin, the vice president of construction company Don Hardin Group, to the Board of Fair Commissioners, members […]

Women march on the Capitol on July 19, 2021 calling for more protections for voting rights. The march was coordinated by the Poor People's Campaign (Photo by Ariana Figueroa | States Newsroom).

‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in voting rights protest in D.C.

BY: - July 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Diane Howard of Cleveland traveled to the nation’s capital with hundreds of other women to urge Congress to pass an elections overhaul and undo new state laws that restrict voting access. A community activist for half a century, Howard said that this is not the first time she’s seen voting rights under attack. “What we […]

Slave trader, Confederate general: the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust sits atop a perch outside the Tennessee House of Representatives Chamber. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Forrest bust removal question to go to State Building Commission

BY: - July 19, 2021

Nathan Bedford Forrest’s days in the State Capitol could be numbered. The State Capitol Commission is set to request Thursday that the State Building Commission concur with its decision to relocate three busts, including one of Confederate Lt. Gen. Forrest, to the State Museum, moving them out of the State Capitol after years of upheaval. […]

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Lawyer charges human trafficking played part in 16-year-old’s death on construction site

BY: - July 19, 2021

A Nashville judge ruled that evidence of human trafficking would be allowed in the case of a 16-year-old who died in a construction-related accident in downtown Nashville last year.  Gustavo Ramirez had been working on a scaffold without a harness during construction of La Quinta Inn on Interstate Drive when he fell 120 feet to […]

Senate Minority Leader Raumesh Akbari, left, and House Minority Leader Karen Camper, right. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Camper leads minority legislator roundtable

BY: - July 13, 2021

In an era of rising voter suppression, Black Democratic leaders discussed on Monday their roles as double minority legislators in Republican-majority states.  Black legislative leaders held a roundtable discussion as part of the Southern Legislative Conference, which is being held in Nashville this week. Rep. Karen D. Camper of Memphis, Tennessee House Democratic Caucus leader […]

The Memphis Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board at an Aug. 2020 meeting. (Photo: Facebook)

Memphis citizen review board upholds assault complaint against police officer

BY: - July 12, 2021

Kleston Beverly of Memphis was sitting in his vehicle when he was suddenly forcibly thrown out onto the ground, surrounded by police officers in riot gear.  On Thursday, he entered a formal complaint against officer Kerry Moody in front of Memphis’ Civilian Law Enforcement Review (CLERB) Board, an 13-person independent agency tasked with investigating allegations […]

Tennessee State Capitol (Photo: John Partipilo)

Judge blocks restroom sign law aimed at transgender customers

BY: - July 9, 2021

Calling it a “brazen” violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge on Friday blocked a new state law requiring businesses to post government-prescribed signs if they allow transgender customers to use restrooms matching their gender identity. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and ACLU filed a lawsuit in June seeking a preliminary court […]

Nashville Mayor John Cooper, front, and advisor Fabian Bedne, speak to a group of people at Hadley Park Community Center about participatory budgeting. (Photo: Ian Round)

North Nashville residents will get to decide how to spend $2 million through participatory budgeting

BY: - July 8, 2021

Residents of North Nashville and Bordeaux will be able to direct some public money to community gardens, potholes, reparations or whatever else they choose over the next year, through a process called “participatory budgeting.” Metro named a group of local leaders to a committee on Thursday night, in a dance studio at the Hadley Park […]