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Metro government audio recordings [of Nashville, Tennessee]

Repository: Nashville Public Library. Metropolitan Government Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection includes audio recordings related to the civil rights movement. One is a public meeting with former Nashville Mayor Beverly Briley conducted on April 5, 1968. The meeting was held to discuss Vanderbilt student protests that took place on April 4. The main issue discussed was the calling of the National Guard. Mayor Briley felt that the Guard's presence might have increased tensions but that it was justified in terms of what would happen if they were removed. Other issues mentioned were adult education programs and the possibility of legislation for equal housing and employment opportunity. Another recording related to the civil rights movement is that of a WPLN Nashville Forum with guest Stokely Carmichael held in April of 1967. The panel included Carmichael and members of the Nashville community. Topics discussed were African Americans exercising their right to vote, the organization of coalitions, the formation of a third political party, self-identity, education, the Vietnam War, and the draft.

Access Copy Note: Excerpts of the two aforementioned events are available at the Digital Library of the Nashville Public Library at http://digital.library.nashville.org

Many of the recordings are on reel-to-reel tape.

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: Record Group 312

Extent: approximately 150 sound recordings

Language: English

Physical Location: Collection materials are located off-site and require advanced notice to view.

Interviewees: Stokely Carmichael

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Discrimination in housing
Nashville (Tenn.)--Politics and government
Student movements
Vanderbilt University
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Voting

Genres:

Interviews
Sound recordings

 

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