Civil Rights and a Civil Society: A Library-Law Enforcement Partnership

Tune in and learn how Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to develop an innovative public program series that uses history as a gateway to productive, critical conversations on race, policing and human rights. Through archival images, oral histories and films, this civil rights program series connects history with today’s prevailing issues affecting law enforcement and minority communities. Find out how Nashville Public Library has positioned itself as a key player in local social commentary.

Learning Outcomes

Learn how a library formed a successful partnership with law enforcement and positioned itself as a key player in local social commentary.

Who Should Attend

This program is beneficial to everyone.


Since 2003, Andrea Blackman has coordinated Nashville Public Library's nationally recognized Civil Rights Room and Collection, after years of teaching and consulting in both Florida and Tennessee. During her tenure, she has led 10 successful oral history projects and managed the expansion of the library's public programming. She serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) and the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board.







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