MEDIA ADVISORY: NAACP Nashville Hosts Founders Day Celebration, Highlights 50th Anniversary of Sit-Ins

NASHVILLE, TN (February 9, 2010) – The NAACP Nashville will host a two-day panel discussion surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Nashville sit-in movement, as well as to highlight the 101-year anniversary of the NAACP.  The activities will take place on Thursday, February 11 - 12 at the First Amendment Center on Vanderbilt University’s campus.

Thursday, February 11

WHO: Bob Clement, former U.S. Congressman

Betty Nixon, daughter of a Nashville restaurant owner during sit-ins

Joe Goldthreate, 8th grade civil rights activist during sit-ins

Moderated by Dwight Lewis, editorial page editor, The Tennessean

Marilyn Robinson, president, NAACP Nashville Branch

WHAT: Reception and panel to discuss the highlights of the sit-ins

WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 6 p.m.

WHERE: First Amendment Center, Vanderbilt University (1207 18th Avenue South)

Friday, February 12

WHO: John Seigenthaler, former chairman, publisher and editor of The Tennessean and founder of the First Amendment Center

Rev. James Lawson, a leading figure in the Nashville and national non-violent civil rights movements

Dr. Rip Patton, a Nashville educator who participated in the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins and demonstrations

Moderated by Gene Policinski, vice president and executive director, First Amendment                                        Center

WHAT: Panel discussion about the media coverage during the 1960’s; immediately following the panel discussion; attendees will be invited to remain in the Lecture Hall to view the Nashville-focused segment of the documentary, “A Force More Powerful,” an award-winning film about the roots and impact worldwide of non-violent protest and resistance to oppression.

WHEN: Friday, February 12, 3 p.m.

WHERE: First Amendment Center, Vanderbilt University (1207 18th Avenue South)

Admission is free to both events, but to ensure seating in the Lecture Hall, please call 329-0999. Limited free parking is available on the ground floor of the parking garage across 18th Avenue South from the Center’s main entrance.

About the Nashville NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Founded in 1909, its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.

The Nashville branch, founded in 1919, builds on the national organization’s mission to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial discrimination in the world and the Nashville community.

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