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File #: RS2021-713    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 12/23/2020 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 1/5/2021 Final action: 1/5/2021
Title: A Resolution honoring the life of Kwame Lillard.
Sponsors: Sharon Hurt, Delishia Porterfield, Zulfat Suara, Kyonzte Toombs, Jonathan Hall, Jennifer Gamble, Brandon Taylor, Tanaka Vercher, Sandra Sepulveda, Joy Styles, Antoinette Lee, Kathleen Murphy, Bob Nash, Erin Evans, Burkley Allen, Angie Henderson, Emily Benedict, Russ Bradford, Tom Cash, Charter Revision Commission, Thom Druffel, Emergency Communications District Board, Steve Glover, Larry Hagar, Tonya Hancock, Gloria Hausser, Courtney Johnston, Mayor's Office, Bob Mendes, Freddie OConnell, Sean Parker, Planning Commission, Russ Pulley, Kevin Rhoten, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Dave Rosenberg, John Rutherford, Jim Shulman, Colby Sledge, Robert Swope, Jeff Syracuse, Traffic and Parking Commission, Nancy VanReece, Ginny Welsch, Brett Withers, Zach Young
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A Resolution honoring the life of Kwame Lillard.

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WHEREAS, former Metro Councilmember and civil rights leader Kwame Leo Lillard died on December 20, 2020 at the age of 81; and
WHEREAS, throughout his life, Lillard advocated tirelessly for justice and equality in Nashville; and
WHEREAS, Lillard moved to Nashville, Tennessee with his family in 1943 where he attended public schools and graduated from Pearl High School in 1957; and
WHEREAS, Lillard attended A & I University (now Tennessee State University) earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1961; and
WHEREAS, while a college student, Lillard played a significant role in the management of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's Nashville Movement offices, and helped coordinate sit-ins, stand-ins, and the Freedom Rides; and
WHEREAS, Lillard was one of the sit-in protesters who, along with John Lewis, Diane Nash, and Rev. C.T. Vivian, bravely and peacefully challenged the segregation of the downtown Nashville lunch counters in 1960; and
WHEREAS, in 1961, Lillard was one of the Freedom Riders who challenged the status quo by riding interstate buses in the South in mixed racial groups in defiance of, and to bring attention to, unconstitutional local laws and customs that enforced segregation in seating; and
WHEREAS, during the 1960s sit-ins he helped organize, Lillard endured beatings, curses, and racial epithets; and
WHEREAS, Lillard subsequently moved to New York City, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from City College in 1966, and a Master of Science degree in Urban Design from Hunter College in 1971; and
WHEREAS, Lillard was co-founder of the African American Cultural Alliance in 1983, which has operated the annual African Street Festival on the Tennessee State University campus and now at Hadley Park for 37 years; and
WHEREAS, Lillard was elected to the Metropolitan Council in 1991, where he served with distinction for four years ...

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