Metro Schools students document Nashville civil rights history


A new podcast series pairs Metro Schools students with those who have had a front seat to iconic moments in Nashville's civil rights history.

"My Witness" is a collaboration with One Voice Nashville facilitated by storyteller and narrative journalist Mary Margaret Randall. The 20-minute podcasts feature intergenerational interviews pairing seven Metro Schools high school students with Nashville civil rights activists. In one additional podcast, artist Walter Hood discusses his inspirations and hopes for how people will experience Nashville’s new Civil Rights-inspired artwork, Witness Walls.

"The podcasts, along with a blog and educational curriculum, are designed to support Witness Walls, currently under construction next to the Historic Metro Courthouse and expected to be completed in February 2017," says Anne-Leslie Owens, public art project coordinator for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

Date: November 7

Title: "The Most Successful Civil Rights Movement"

Description: Westley Dunn (Hillsboro High School) interviews Linda T. Wynn

Date: November 14

Title: "Teachers, True Role Models"

Description: Isabella Killius (Hume-Fogg High School) interviews Ola Hudson

Date: November 21

Title: "The Reluctant Desegregation of Nashville Public Schools"

Description: Cassius Smith (Overton High School) interviews Canzada Hawkins


Date: November 28

Title: "On the Job Training at the Lunch Counter Sit-Ins"

Description: Doneisha Wells (Maplewood High School) interviews Frankie Henry

Date: January 2

Title: Sit-Ins and Freedom Rides Reveal the Power of Nonviolence

Description: Clarkston Ellerby (Hume-Fogg High School) interviews Rip Patton

Date: January 9

Title: "If You Can't Tell Them Why You Are Marching, Get Out of the Line"

Description: Gabby Depalo (Hume-Fogg High School) interviews Vencen Horsley

Date: January 16

Title: "Passing on the Lessons of Civil Rights Activism"

Description: Danny Harp (Nashville Big Picture High School) interviews Howard Gentry

Date: January 23

Title:  "How Artists Contribute to Conversations about Civil Rights"

Description: Genevieve Jean-Pierre (MLK Jr. High School) interviews Walter Hood