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US Nashville street renamed after late civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis

21:15  06 november  2020
21:15  06 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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NASHVILLE – Nashville renamed a large portion of 5th Ave North after John Lewis, the late civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia who helped desegregate the city's lunch counters.

The Nashville Metro Council voted on change Thursday night during its regular meeting.

An extensive part of 5th Avenue between Interstate 65 and Oak Street is now called Rep. John Lewis Way. The swap also means the stretch of the street between Broadway and Commerce will not longer be called Opry Place.

a black and white photo of John Lewis: U.S. Rep. John Lewis, right, of Atlanta, receives an honorary doctor of laws degree during Fisk University commencement ceremonies May 14, 1990. © Nina Alexandrenko / The Tennessean U.S. Rep. John Lewis, right, of Atlanta, receives an honorary doctor of laws degree during Fisk University commencement ceremonies May 14, 1990.

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Nashville Councilman Freddle O'Connell praised Councilwoman Zulfat Suara for spearheading the move.

"The world needs #GoodTrouble right now," O'Connell, who represents District 19, tweeted.

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This fall, Suara submitted legislation on behalf of the body's minority caucus, which  detailed some of the highlights of Lewis' lifelong fight for freedom and equality, including his work in Nashville.

"Nashville prepared me," Lewis said in 2013. "If it hadn't been for Nashville, I would not be the person I am now."

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"Grateful to the minority caucus, my colleagues & everyone that help made it happen," Suara posted on social media after the vote. "Kudos to my committee members. Stay stunned for information!"

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As a college student at American Baptist College and then Fisk University, Lewis helped desegregate public spaces in the city and pushed for racial justice across the Jim Crow south. Lewis was a Freedom Rider; he spoke at the March on Washington; and he was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday in Selma.

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Later, Lewis became a long-serving member of Congress.

He died July 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

a group of people walking down the street: Rep. John Lewis, as a Nashville college student, played an instrumental role in organizing and demonstrating as part of the civil rights movement. © PNAS Rep. John Lewis, as a Nashville college student, played an instrumental role in organizing and demonstrating as part of the civil rights movement.

Contributing: Holly Meyer, The Tennessean. Follow Tennesseean reporter Natalie Neysa Alund on Twitter: @nataliealund.

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