Tennessean starting a series on Nashville Civil Rights Movement


A Movement Emerges in Nashville

When President Barack Obama took the oath of office for the first time four years ago, Congressman John Lewis sat in the VIP seats, not far from where the president raised his right hand and became the nation’s first African-American president. On a commemorative envelope he signed for Lewis that day, Obama wrote “Because of you, John.” That’s because Lewis, as a young man, was part of a unique group of Nashville college students who set out to change the world. They succeeded because they had right on their side, and also because they had the courage it took to stay the course even when their lives were on the line.

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