King adviser to discuss media coverage of Nashville sit-ins

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 2:06am
Staff reports

The Rev. James Lawson, an internationally acclaimed civil rights leader and religious scholar, will join a panel of civil rights pioneers to discuss local media coverage of the early civil rights movement in Nashville.

NAACP Nashville and the First Amendment Center are co-sponsoring the event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sit-ins demonstrations that led to desegregation of lunch counters in May 1960.

The public program begins at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University, 1207 18th Ave. S. Admission is free, but to ensure seating in the Lecture Hall call 727-1333.

Lawson, 77, is well known in the civil rights community as a deputy and advisor to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., He was at the forefront of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and has remained at the forefront of the 21st-century struggle for civil liberties and human rights.

He is a spiritual leader in advocacy for equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, insisting that their struggle for equality under the law is part of the continuing quest for human rights and human dignity for all people.

Other panelists joining Lawson include John Seigenthaler, former chairman, publisher and editor of The Tennessean, and founder of the First Amendment Center and Dr. Rip Patton, a Nashville educator who participated in the Nashville lunch-counter sit-ins and in 1961 was one of the Freedom Riders, whose nonviolent protest helped desegregate interstate travel and accommodations.

After 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 worldwide impact of nonviolent protest and resistance to oppression.

“The news media helped shape our country’s views on the civil rights movement, and this event provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on what we learned,” said Marilyn Robinson, Nashville NAACP president. “We hope everyone comes out to this event to continue the conversation.”


8 Comments on this post:

By: Sumsrent on 2/9/10 at 8:06

The last paragraph says it all...

“The news media helped shape our country’s views..."

Just as it shaped racisism in American after the Northern Aggression War and how it shapes the ill feelings of many towards Christians and the breakdown of the family today.

Aww... don't get mad at me... research history... understand the agendas... learn the truth.

By: pswindle on 2/9/10 at 10:49

The same thing is happening to our President. Will America ever learn? President Johnson was right when he said, "when I sign the Civil Rights Bill, the Democrats will lose the south for decades."

By: FreedomJournal on 2/9/10 at 6:39



Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. The record continues to mount however the purge also continues. The sages leaning on the Book of Jasher still see parallel’s with the Holy Writ.

Banished Afro-Centric Theories

Man seeking temporary pleasure and impure
things still call the game. Calling the shots
the historical record is wasted as sure as
a Black and ignorant mind.

The Lords and Princes thus devise all the
curriculums as fallen teachers the Deans
and President’s of academia are chosen to
follow a programmed aspect of mis-education.

Missed education stays in the mainstream.
But is the critique or evaluation up or down
stream? Culture mired in nationalism often
confuses many people.

Black is the homeland while Africa came later.
Since time immemorial said Brother Chancellor
last name Williams and so did DuBois in the
“World and Africa” while our other brother revealed,

“The Destruction of Black Civilization.” The highest
stage of technology on the earth also produced a sub-
racial group of Blacks called Americans as this is their

Wasted debates lasted all day and at mid-night the
Truth still waited. Revolutionaries sat in many cushioned
arm chairs. Principles, values and intellectual integrity
are traded for tenure, a pay day and a holiday.

Was there any real Black or African Studies? Maybe
it meant how and what you describe as Black or African.
Just who organized Black Studies? Who develops the
curriculums for Black America?

The real Afro-Centric scholars languished in agony at
the waste of intellect as the Fools and those that denied
God rejoiced over things that made them happy. However
Joy that is everlasting comes in the morning for those that endure.

Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 9 February 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

By: Carpe Diem on 2/10/10 at 8:11

Sumsrent... and what might be your agenda? Could it have been taken out of the Beck/Coulter/Dobson playbook? Could it be a nonsensical push for revisionist history or an assault on science that would just happen to conveniently coincide with your own personal views? In the words of the great modern savant, Ms. Palin, "you betcha!"

Aww... don't get mad at me... knock that chip off your shoulder... join the 21st century... learn how to spell.

By: Sumsrent on 2/10/10 at 12:00

Carpe Diem…

My agenda? Whoa there… I was simply stating, which is evident throughout itself, what the article said…how the “news media helped shape our country’s views”... do you not believe this to be true? I can see how it’s influenced you with your approach to defending the new and all sought out philosophies of the 21st century.

You’ve obviously been duped. Ha… your ID says it all. Which is a contradiction of yourself in this discussion. In other words… what would any history matter, considering that you live for the moment?

You say... “a nonsensical push for revisionist history”... what? I could almost accept where you’re coming from, but apparently you don’t know much of history beyond your own educated/media fed interpretation and desires to be codified in your new world. Maybe you should research Adam Weishaupt. His appointed agenda In America did include intentional implementation of racism.

Or maybe... you just simply missed comprehending what the article is about?

You say... “an assault on science”... which, has no basis... unless you want to consider the science of “news media” or... if you’re referring to science disproving religion. Well then, we certainly have opposing views. It would appear as if your whole post was destined to rear up this issue. You are obviously an evolutional product of your own Darwinism imagination. If you don’t think that Christianity is under attack in today’s society... think again or read the article again.

Oh... since you’re such a science buff... you should also consider the scientific insider evidence of 911 and the assassination of Lincoln and JFK amongst other media induced propaganda for the lemmings. And afterwards... then, tell me how great your preconceived and yet deluded opinions matter.

Ahhh... but, if researching the truth doesn’t interest you, then go ahead and support your party... it’ll help fill your need to make you feel as if you belong. It certainly appears as if you are the one with the nonsensical new age agenda and one with a chip on the shoulder. How many other spots can you plug “the great modern savant, Ms. Palin”? Are you still upset with the McCain/Palin loss? Ready to move on, are ya? Do you even know why you vote?

By: Sumsrent on 2/10/10 at 1:42

In the late 1800's, at an annual dinner of the American Press Association, John Swinton, an editor at the New York Times, said:

"There is no such thing, at this date, of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

By: Carpe Diem on 2/11/10 at 9:06

Sumsrent... I knew you couldn't resist coming back to this article to make sure no one dared contradict your initial post. It's quite amusing to see how worked up you got (see "chip on shoulder" comment). Still, I refuse to get into a back-and-forth with someone who is clearly hellbent on imposing his/her view on me.

I'm certain you're an intelligent person who admirably stands up for what you believe in. In fact, if we had a real conversation, we would probably both be surprised at how much we actually agreed on. I cannot in good conscience, however, sit idly by when a person attempts to hijack an article that's highlighting one thing (the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville) and use a subtext (the media as a vehicle for spotlighting an issue) as a platform for his/her propaganda (the South and Christians good - media, the North, and non-Christians all bad). Hopefully, more people like me will stand up to more people like you to help make sure the rest of us aren't bullied and shouted down.

I now defer to you in perpetuity. Please feel free to post as much as you'd like and interpret my future non-response as a sign of victory. Hooray for you. (Insert non-mocking golf clap here)

By: Sumsrent on 2/11/10 at 12:13

Carpe Diem

I have one of those plastic noise making, hand clapping paddles, if it’d be easier on ya.

Wow! You really suffer don’t you? Here you accuse others of what you actually do. I’d “betcha” you hear this quite a lot?

And yet you’re going to stand “in good conscience” and oppose those that expose the influences that the media has, and does have on shaping society? Sounds misdirected… which doesn’t surprise me considering your assuming character and pompous posturing. It’s apparent, as you claim hijacking, that you either still haven’t read the article or missed the headline “to discuss media coverage”. Why would that be so?

Look here…

Your posts reveal your argumentative agenda… you live on racism and view everything from a racial perspective. No wonder you’ve taken the “live for the moment” ID that you have. It’s easier to push things behind ya, than face where and when you’re wrong... aye...

Actually, I hope more people like you wake up. But… don’t consider any of this an imposition on your own views.