Tennessee State Professor Helps Build Civil Rights App | Tennessee News


NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A Tennessee State University history professor is working with Apple Inc. and a national technology center at the university to create an app that shines a light on some of the lesser-known participants of the civil rights movement in North Nashville.

Learotha Williams has worked to bring attention to these people for more than a decade, the university said. The app will take people on a walking tour of major landmarks and feature interviews Williams has conducted as part of his North Nashville Heritage Project.

A university development team that is part of the C2 Grant Initiative Black Historic Colleges and Universities will create the app, the university said. The C2 Grant Initiative is a partnership between the State of Tennessee and Apple and is part of the National Center for SMART Technology Innovations.

“I want to highlight some voices that I think have been marginalized,” Williams said. “I think we’re not getting the credit we deserve in terms of Nashville’s movement. I’ll share things that may have been overlooked or people just haven’t talked about.

The application is expected to be completed by May.

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