Nashville Branch History

The Nashville Branch was chartered on February 10, 1919 by Wesley Crutcher; J.C. Napier; W.D. Hawkins, Sr.; Dr. Henry Allen Boyd; Dr. A.M. Townsend and Attorney Walter S. Walker.

Nashville Branch Highlights:

  • 1941

    • Attorney Z. Alexander Looby, a life member of the NAACP Nashville Branch, won the lawsuit of Mr. Harold Thomas which called for the equalization of black teacher salaries.

  • 1946

    • Attorneys Looby and Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP National Legal Redress Committee won the court case of a Columbia, TN citizen who was arrested for defending his mother who was slapped by a store clerk. This incident precipitated the Columbia Tennessee Riots in 1946.

  • 1961

    • Nashville Branch members: Mrs. C.M. Hayes, the Nashville branch's first female president; Dr. W.T. Dooley; Mr. M. Griffith, and Rev. Kelly M. Smith sought to change South Center Bell's policy regarding the non-hiring of black operators.

  • 1983

    • Nashville Branch's counsel Attorneys Avon N Williams, Jr. and Richard Dinkins achieved the fight to desegregate the schools of Nashville-Davidson County.

  • 1992

    • Compliant filed due to alleged racial discrimination Nashville State Technical Institute by the Tennessee Board of Regents with the U.S. Department of Education, Civil Rights Division.

    • complaint filed of alleged brutality and misconduct by Metropolitan police personnel to the U.S. Department of Justice. As a result, the Justice Department commanded the Middle Tennessee Region TBI to investigate  the complaints referred to them by the NAACP.