Nashville

In Nashville the group met Dr. Linda T. Wynn, a professor at Fisk University, and civil rights historian. Dr. Reavis Mitchell, a Fisk Dean talked about the history of Fisk University which is a Historic Black College and University (HBCU).
They lunched at Nashville Farmers market and heard a talk and toured the Nashville Library Civil Rights Collection. Dinner was at the Historic Swetts Restaurant.

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“I was honored to learn about the Civil Rights movement history. One quote that stood out to me during our tour was, ‘If not us, then who; if not now, then when?’ by John Lewis. The words were written over the doorway in the Nashville Library history archive room. — Niat Tesfai

“When I first heard about the Civil Rights trip, I was very excited to go on this journey, to re-live the struggles of the people in the south. Words I have been using throughout this trip are ‘feeling inspired.’ When we went to Fisk University, Professor Wynn asked, ‘What are you going to do to keep moving forward?’ The fact is that we have a lot of work to do as the new generation of activists, and we have to remember, change doesn’t happen over night.” — Fardowsa Abdinoor

“I’m impressed with how steadfast and organized the movement was. The work for the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins began with months of training in how to conduct non-violent protest. Also that the work isn’t done yet. We need to fight for the rights and dignity of all humanity. — David Swor

“What impacted me the most were the lectures at Fisk University, specifically learning about how the young people in Nashville led the movement forward. When Dr. Wynn asked us all what we are going to do, the young adults I was traveling with took the call seriously. I commit to working beside them as the march continues.” — Jean Baribeau Thoennes

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