George Floyd

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Rev. Lawrence Richardson of the Linden Hills United Church of Christ (right), offers comfort to Rev. Jia Starr Brown of First Covenant Church (left) at George Floyd Square. Photo by Ricardo Lopez/Minnesota Reformer.

Editor’s column: With Chauvin’s conviction, the arc bent a little further, but has a long way to go

BY: - April 23, 2021

As America waited Tuesday afternoon for the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, I scrolled through my Twitter feed watching for the first tweet announcing the outcome.  A tweet from a 30-year old caught my eye: “Is this what the OJ trial felt like? […]

Members of the Franklin Justice & Equity Coalition at a 2020 event. (Photo: FJEC Facebook)

Franklin group to mark Juneteenth with first-time public ceremony

BY: - April 23, 2021

The Franklin Justice & Equity Coalition (FJEC) and the Fuller Story announced their plans Tuesday to commemorate Juneteenth with a ceremony and a bronze statue of a U.S. Colored Troops soldier in front of Franklin’s Historic Courthouse. In collaboration with the Civil War Commission and the Battle of Franklin Trust, the group will hold a […]

A November 2019 photo of members of the Clarksville Police Department from the retirement ceremony of Sgt. Ramon Ferrer-Ramos after 18 years on the force. (Photo: Clarksville Police Department Facebook page)

Clarksville cops pursue culture change

BY: - July 6, 2020

In the days after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, the Clarksville Police Department was “disgusted,” but proud of the policies it has in place against such incidents. Now, as cities across the United States are reducing funding to their police agencies and […]

Monument formerly at Confederate Memorial Bridge in Clarksville (Photo: Change.org)

Clarksville leaders defend police funding, cut Confederate monuments

BY: - July 1, 2020

After the death of George Floyd, cities nationwide are having discussions about defunding the police and dismantling Confederate monuments. In a Tuesday panel on race relations, Clarksville’s mayor said he won’t defund the police “by one penny,” but he’s more than ready to rid the city of the last tributes to the Confederacy. Councilman Richard […]

Metro Nashville Police in riot gear stand on Lower Broadway during a recent Black Lives Matter protest. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Talk of widespread police reform swirls around Nashville in wake of George Floyd protests

BY: - June 12, 2020

The death of George Floyd and protests that followed in Nashville have paved the way for a series of policing reform proposals and an unprecedented oversight challenge of the police department by the Metro Council. At least two bills aimed directly at Metro Nashville Police Department policies have been filed in recent days. Mayor John […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) (C) joins fellow Democrats from the House and Senate to introduce new legislation to end excessive use of force by police and make it easier to identify, track, and prosecute police misconduct at the U.S. Capitol June 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Commentary: The Limitations of Liberalism or How the Democrats Fumbled the Bag 

BY: - June 10, 2020

Like many people, I’ve been thinking a lot about what this moment means politically. Every hour there is a new development across the globe in the fight to eradicate white supremacy. I’ve been in and out of this fight for a few years now, working with organizations and campaigns to make this country more equitable. […]

8 Can't Wait recommendations for police departments. (From 8 Can't Wait.)

Councilman moves to curb Nashville police use of force

BY: - June 8, 2020

Metro Councilman Colby Sledge filed legislation on Monday that would ban Nashville police officers from using chokeholds or strangleholds in addition to other policies aimed at reducing use of force. Sledge’s legislation was modeled after “8 Can’t Wait” recommendations from the advocacy group Campaign Zero. “8 Can’t Wait” are eight policy recommendations to reduce use […]

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Commentary: Second Thoughts on Biblegate

BY: - June 8, 2020

The morning after President Donald Trump strode the short distance to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. for a staged show of force and a gesture towards invoking religion, I was asked to comment on the event by a British based international Catholic publication, The Tablet. I commented then: “While going to church holding […]

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Man at Nashville rally, June 4. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Commentary: The tyranny of racism

BY: - June 6, 2020

June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day, the event in which Allied forces took on the Nazi army in France and began the march to Berlin that culminated in VE – Victory in Europe – Day May 8, 1945. I’ve always been attuned to the date, likely because my dad was a veteran of WWII. […]

Nashville, Tenn., June 4- Black Lives Matter March (Photo: Alex Kent)

Head of Meharry Medical College: ‘indifference’ no longer an option in response to ‘hate and COVID-19’

BY: - June 5, 2020

Meharry Medical College President and CEO Dr. James Hildreth drew the comparison on Thursday between how America has responded to police brutality of minorities and the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting people of color. Hildreth made the remarks during Mayor John Cooper’s biweekly press conference about the pandemic. On Saturday a peaceful protest against police brutality […]

The Black Lives Matter march starting the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Sixth night of protests in Middle Tennessee stay peaceful

BY: and - June 5, 2020

Protests stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25 continued in Middle Tennessee for the sixth night in a row.  In Nashville, thousands gathered at Bicentennial Mall for a rally organized by teenagers with the Black Lives Matter movement. The diverse group moved through downtown streets chanting and accepting bottles of water […]

A view of the crowd at a Nashville vigil for George Floyd. (Photo: Alex Kent)

National Guard lays down shields at peaceful Nashville vigil

BY: - June 2, 2020

A Nashville vigil for George Floyd, the Minneapolis man killed by police last week, drew more than 200 people and culminated with members of the Tennessee National Guard laying down their riot shields in a gesture of solidarity with the crowd. The group met at the Tennessee State Capitol, where they prayed and sang songs […]