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2010 Spring Conference

The Nashville Civil Rights Movement Remembered: A Dialogue with Participants 50 Years Later

American Studies Spring Mini-Conference
April 30, 2010

Fifty years after some of the most momentous events, participants in the Nashville Civil Rights Movement return to discuss "the Movement" on Vanderbilt's campus. Moderated by a key movement strategist, Reverend and Professor James Lawson, Jr., and by Professor of Sociology Larry Isaac, participants will discuss a variety of key issues, including how they became involved in the movement and how the movement shaped their lives, Nashville, and America. How can the heroic struggle for civil rights that owes so much to the Nashville crucible be used to further social change today?


James M. Lawson, Jr.
Diane Nash
Dr. Bernard Lafayette
Leo Kwame Lillard
Dr. E. Rip Patton
Charles Sherrod
Matthew Walker and others


Reception and Informal Lunch (BT 123)

First session (all invitees participating)


Second session (all invitees participating)

Concluding Reception