NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – News 2 is honoring heroes all across the Volunteer State as we celebrate Black History Month.
On Thursday, we shared stories of accomplishments, diversity and success, including those of Judge Waverly Crenshaw who was the second African-American federal judge in Tennessee and Mark McCann, who was one of the first African-Americans to join Marines, before becoming a professor and administrator at Tennessee State University.
We also heard Johnie Payton’s story. She worked for the Lebanon Special District for 30 years before she decided to run for the school year. This year she became the first black person to serve on the Wilson County Board of Education.Stories featured:
- Library’s Civil Rights room preserves Nashville’s history
- Childhood neighbor inspired Judge Crenshaw to pursue career in law
- Teacher who broke racial barriers in Lebanon now has school named after her
- One of the 1st African-American owned businesses still going strong after 101 years
- Nashville man helped pave way for African-American marines
- Nashville’s 1st charter school was teacher’s longtime vision
- Inez Crutchfield uses time, personal resources to make difference for Nashvillians
- Vanderbilt’s chief diversity officer continues to break racial barriers
- Wise words push AD David Williams to make history at Vanderbilt
- Rev. Harold Love Jr.: In the House, pulpit and soon classroom
- Councilwoman follows in parents’ footsteps to become Tennessee politician
- Now a top educator, teacher reflects on integrating Lebanon H.S.