Thursday, July 14

Sad News

Former diplomat Avon Williams III dies

Although I don't know the family his wife was a long time member of Tara's church, apparently they were at our wedding, just 3 weeks ago.

The family is extremely important to the history of Nashville and also, the national Civil Rights Movement.
His father...helped file the original Nashville schools desegregation lawsuit in 1955 and led the legal fight to merge the University of Tennessee-Nashville with Tennessee State University. Today, the downtown campus is called the Tennessee State University Avon Williams Campus.

His mother, the late Joan Marie Bontemps Williams, was a daughter of the late Arna W. Bontemps, a scholar and prominent author during the Harlem Renaissance.
More about Avon III.
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