Waller MLK Event Features Civil Rights Heroes

Leaders of the renowned Nashville Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s recalled their work and the lessons learned during a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. hosted today in Nashville by the Waller law firm.

Speaking before a packed house  of several hundred in downtown Nashville, journalist and civil rights activist John Seigenthaler helped bring out the stories from Diane Nash, Ernest Rip Patton Jr. and the Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., who were all key figures in the non-violent movement that led to the opening of Nashville's lunch counters to African Americans. The three were also later involved in the Freedom Rides throughout the South. Also at the event, Waller Chair John C. Tishler presented the 2012 Diversity Scholarship to University of Tennessee College of Law student Natalie Greene.

Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.

Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.
John Seigenthaler and Diane Nash

John Seigenthaler and Diane Nash
Mayor Karl Dean

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
Ernest Rip Patton Jr. with Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.

Ernest Rip Patton Jr. (right) with Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.
John C. Tishler, Waller Chair

John C. Tishler, Waller Chair
Diane Nash

Diane Nash
The MET Singers Honor Choir

The MET Singers Honor Choir