"Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death--and at a time when race relations and social justice are again at the forefront of our country's consciousness--this book expands on a Frist Center for the Visual Arts exhibition to present a selection of approximately one hundred photographs that document an important period in Nashville's struggle for racial equality. The images were taken between 1957, the year that desegregation in public schools began, and 1968, when the National Guard was called in to surround the state capitol in the wake of the civil rights leader's assassination in Memphis. Photographs from the archives of both daily newspapers will be included: the Tennessean, which was the more liberal publication, and the Nashville Banner, a conservative paper whose leadership seemed less interested in covering events related to racial issues. Some of the photographs in the exhibition were selected to be published in the papers, but many were not, the disclosure of which reveals insight into the editorial process."--Provided by publisher.
"Published in conjuction with the exhibition We shall overcome: civil rights and the Nashville press 1957-1968, which was organized by the First Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee and prsented in the Conte Community Arts Gallery from March 30 to October 14, 2018"--Title page verso.
Foreword / John Lewis -- Preface / Kathryn E. Delmez -- Acknowledgements / Susan H. Edwards -- Nashville: an inspirational city / Linda T. Wynn -- The Nashville beat: photojournalism during the civil rights movement / Susan H. Edwards -- Plates -- Timeline
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