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Must-Reads for New Nashvillians

Want to learn more about your new hometown? Start with these essential reads.

Written By:  Kate Parrish

Photographers:  Supplied

March: Book One

By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)

In his first of three books in the March graphic-novel series, Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) reflects back on the rise of the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville, beginning with the desegregation of lunch counters. Despite being beaten and arrested on numerous occasions, Lewis and his fellow demonstrators were ceaseless in their efforts to bring about equality through nonviolent protest.

Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

By Andrew Ward (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

It is the Fisk Jubilee Singers, not country music, that earned Nashville the nickname “Music City.” In Dark Midnight, Ward shares how the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a group of ex-slaves and freedmen from Nashville’s Fisk University, became responsible for introducing the world to the music of black America.

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