Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

Campus Grill Boycott, 1963

In 1963, the sit-in movement continued in Nashville with dynamic student leadership from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Scarritt College had been integrated for over 10 years, longer than any other predominantly white college in the area. Scarritt had students from all over the world,...

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Reflections on Lent

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” -Mary Oliver As the season of Epiphany and celebration has come...

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Welcoming Tennessee

by Kelsey Atwood, Belle H. Bennett fellow   “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu Last Thursday night I had the opportunity to hear South Asian American activist and author Deepa Iyer give a talk...

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Racial Equity & the Arts

Racial Equity & the Arts *Hover over "here" to click on a hyperlink! Last October, I jumped into a pilot project called Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) launched by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, in partnership with Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy....

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Martin Luther King at Scarritt College, 1957

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALq7DFbmIyE   On April 25, 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in Wightman Chapel at Scarritt College to the Conference on Christian Faith and Human Relations. The Conference on Christian Faith and Human Relations was hosted by Scarritt College and Vanderbilt Divinity School and co-sponsored by...

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Welcome Refugees: A Call to Action

*Hover over "here" to click on hyperlink! A Letter to Faith Leaders As you know, in the wake of recent global tragedies, our nation is experiencing a surge in anti-refugee, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Sadly, this is not new to Tennessee. Over the past several years, some...

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Getting to Know You, God

Lent begins this year with Ash Wednesday on February 10. This holy season of the church year is a time of preparation as we move toward Good Friday and Easter. It is a time of prayer, reflection, silence, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation, and renewal on...

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Lectures focus on Southern Black Women’s activism

https://youtu.be/tB2zIyd8HAU Video: Ash-Lee Henderson opens the first Ina Corinne Brown Lecture with singing. During the fall of 2015, we heard from two powerful women – Ash-Lee Henderson and Nikky Finney. The annual “Ina Corinne Brown Lecture” series was established at Scarritt Bennett Center to honor Brown, professor of...

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Integration at Scarritt College, 1952/4

By 1942, the Scarritt College administration and the Methodist Woman’s Missionary Council had already attempted to integrate the school’s student body and admit black students. The college tried to make itself an exception to Tennessee’s strict segregation laws on the basis of its “international clientele...

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