Nashville’s police department wanted almost $6 million for new Tasers and had requested it come from the federal COVID relief money the city had been allocated. But Metro Council got pushback from the community and within its chambers on what the city’s priorities are for the pandemic money.
Juneteenth has historically been a day that most people didn’t know existed. But this year, it was met with widespread recognition, as thousands of residents flocked to celebrations across Middle Tennessee.
The National Museum of African American Music drew crowds from Harlem, Atlanta and all around Tennessee for its inaugural Juneteenth Block Party on the rooftop of the Fifth and Broadway development in Downtown Nashville.
Popularity of Juneteenth continues to grow — evidenced by more than 45 events happening this weekend in Middle Tennessee. Many are organized by Black-led organizations.
It was impossible to ignore. The latest rally on Nashville’s War Memorial Plaza — this time to recognize Juneteenth and the final emancipation of all slaves — attracted a predominantly white audience.
As protests against racial injustice carry into a fourth weekend, more are scheduled in Middle Tennessee, with several emphasizing particular themes — especially celebrating Juneteenth and the end of slavery.