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In today’s world, more and more institutions have to go beyond their traditional boundaries to better serve their communities. In the wake of increased media attention on interactions between law enforcement and African-American citizens, the Nashville Public Library partnered with the Metro Nashville Police Department to develop a diversity education curriculum rooted in the Nashville Civil Rights Movement. The program encourages new recruits, seasoned officers, and organization leaders to examine the ways that their city’s past influences the current social climate. By recognizing a significant need, NPL was able to use their position to provide a much needed service to the communities that call Nashville home. In this webinar, Andrea Blackman from the Nashville Public Library will discuss how their Civil Rights and A Civil Society program has been beneficial to public relations in the Nashville community and how others can create outreach opportunities out of what is happening in their backyards and in society broadly.

Civil Rights and A Civil Society won a 2016 AASLH History In Progress (HIP) Award, as well as a 2016 AASLH Leadership in History Award.

About the Instructor:

Andrea Blackman is the Division Manager for the Special Collections Division of the Nashville Public Library. She first began at NPL in 2003, coordinating the library’s national recognized Civil Rights Room and Collection. Andrea regularly speaks in the community and academia on multicultural education, library services and oral history methodologies.  She has been part of the Samuel H. Shannon Distinguished Lecture Series; and has held the post of adjunct professor at Lipscomb University and American Baptist College. Andrea advocates for professional leadership and innovative ideas in making history relevant to the millennial generation, and advocacy for cultural engagement. She has been recognized for a number of professional achievements, including the Civil Rights Oral History Project, the Flood 2010 Oral History Project, and “Nashville’s New Faces” through a StoryCorps @ your library project.