Social Movements collection
Documents activism and responses to activism in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. Topics include activism against anti-Black police brutality and criminizalization of poverty. Content warning: some responses to protests contain dehumanizing, white supremacist, anti-Black racist, and antisemitic language and images. Some responses also call for and glorify violence against protesters.
Physical materials include four signs from the June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter protests for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at Cookeville's Courthouse Square. One sign includes a Pride and Black Lives Matters statement. Three are black and white and one is colored.
The Black Voters Matter signs are from a campus event co-organized by the Tennessee Tech University Student Chapter of the NAACP and the NAACP Cookeville-Putnam County Branch. The "Poverty is not a Crime" sign was from protests regarding City Council's attempt to ban all panhandling in Putnam County.
- 2016 - 2021
- Tennessee Technological University. Archives and Special Collections (Organization)
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cookeville-Putnam County Branch (Organization)
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Tennessee Technological University Chapter (Organization)
Language of Materials
- Civil rights movements Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Demonstrations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- People experiencing homelessness Subject Source: Local sources
- Social movements Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Voter registration Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- picket signs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- social media Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Social Movements collection
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