AAHGS Nashville is pleased to have Dr. Learotha Williams Jr. as our guest speaker for the June Montly Meeting. The topic of his talk is “I’ve Got One More River to Cross: Middle Tennessee and African American Memory“
Please join us Saturday, June 4th at 9:30am at the Civil Rights Room in the Nashville Public Library. If you are able to join us, please RSVP.
Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr. is a native of Tallahassee, Florida, where he earned his Ph.D. in History in 2003, from Florida State University. He worked for two years in the public sector as a Historic Sites Specialist in the National Register section of Florida’s Division of Historical Resources. In 2004, he accepted a position as an assistant professor of History at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, where he taught courses exploring Slavery and Emancipation in the Georgia Lowcountry and Historic Preservation. In 2006, he became program coordinator for its African American Studies program. While in Savannah, he continued his engagement in the public sector, serving from 2007-2009 as a trustee of the Historic Savannah Foundation.
He is currently a professor of African American and Public History at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee where his current research interests include slavery and emancipation in Tennessee, 19th and 20th Century African American Intellectual History, and Public History. At Tennessee State University, he serves as the director of the North Nashville Heritage Project, an effort initiated in 2009 for the purpose of exploring, chronicling, and analyzing the history of North Nashville as viewed through the eyes of its residents.
He has written works that explore the lives of 19th century African American politicians, African American education during the post-Civil War period, and the challenges faced by black presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the Civil Rights Movement. He is currently revising a biography tentatively titled, On Jordan’s Stormy Banks: The Life and Times of Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, Florida’s First Black Secretary of State, 1828-1874, for the University of Arkansas Pressand co-editing a book entitled A People’s Guide to Nashville for the University of California Press.
After the meeting, we welcome you to spend time working on your own family history research; books will be available to aid you. If you are able to join us, please register to let us know you’re coming. The meeting is open to the public and we look forward to seeing you there!
Ann Walling grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, in the 1940s and 1950s in a family with deep roots in Mississippi and a history tightly bound to the Old South. To a small girl’s sensibility, her family’s lavish Sunday dinners were a liturgy that reinforced strict Southern mores she was taught never to question. But lurking behind the fine china were troubling contradictions, racial injustice, and tightly guarded family secrets.
Told with clear-eyed empathy, Sunday Dinner is the remarkable story of a young woman’s moral awakening amidst a society’s painful reckoning with the past, and of the things we choose to embrace and leave behind about the places we come from and the people who define us. In writing the book, Ms. Walling explored the complicated relationship between her family, and the family of the slaves her family owned. Their story is absolutely compelling and was recently featured on Nashville Public Radio.
Please join us on Saturday, May 7th, to hear to hear Ms. Walling share her story and discuss her book. If you have not read the book, we encourage you to purchase a copy! Ms. Walling will sign books at the meeting and will also have a few copies available for sale.
After the meeting, we welcome you to spend time working on your own family history research; books will be available to aid you. If you are able to join us, please register to let us know are coming.
The meeting will be held at the Nashville Public Library in the Civil Rights Conference RoomApril 2nd at 9:30. The meeting is open to the public and we look forward to seeing you there!
William Edmondson (c. 1870-1951), was a renowned Nashville sculptor whose entry into the art world was brought about by divine command. In 1937, five years into his craft, Edmondson’s work was featured in a one man show at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art – setting history as the first solo exhibit there by an African American. For the last two years, Mark Schlicher has immersed himself in original research to uncover previously unknown details about William Edmondson’s life and art. Please join us on Saturday, April 2nd, to hear Mark share his work and research for his upcoming documentary, Chipping Away.
Mark Schlicher is a documentary producer, director, and cinematographer with nearly 40 years of media experience. His work has been shown nationally on PBS and The Smithsonian Channel. A longtime Nashville resident, Mark first learned about William Edmondson in early 2013, at the time he started to pursue his own passion for sculpting. Mark has traveled extensively overseas for documentary projects, and shoots regularly for the Associated Press, as well as commercial clients. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in education.
After the meeting, we welcome you to spend time working on your own family history research; books will be available to aid you. If you are able to join us, please RSVP to let us know you’re coming. The meeting is open to the public and we look forward to seeing you there!
WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)
WHERE: Nashville Public Library – Civil Rights Room – Nashville Public Library – Civil Rights Room – 615 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219
With this event, we are kicking-off our 2016 monthly meetings. With the exception of July & September, we will meet the first Saturday of each month from 9:30-12 in the Civil Rights Room of the downtown Nashville Public Library. More info to come on future meeting agendas!