The Women’s Suffrage panel will take us on a historical journey of the pivotal and dramatic story of Nashville’s role in winning women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Join Nashville Cable on Zoom to hear the story on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Moderator: Margaret Behm
Panelists: Andrea Blackman, Carol Bucy and David Ewing
Our moderator Margaret L. Behm has earned a reputation as the go-to person in 40 years of representing clients and forging coalitions for change. After beginning her legal career in 1976 at Legal Services of Middle Tennessee, Inc., Behm and Marietta Shipley in 1980 founded Shipley and Behm, the city’s first all-woman law firm. “Back then, women just weren’t taken seriously as business owners or lawyers,” Behm says. “I wanted to run my own business and demonstrate that women could not only run a law firm, but also be good lawyers.” Today, Behm’s practice concentrates on business law, employment, municipal law, land use, estate planning, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation. Behm also serves as general counsel for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Andrea Blackman currently serves as the Division Director for the Nashville Public Library’s Civil Rights Center and Special Collections Center; she holds the post of adjunct professor at both Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her ongoing research includes education disparity and self-representations in children’s literature; antiracism, racism and racial inequality; African Diaspora; Modern Civil Rights Movement; Caribbean history and literature; oral history methodologies; community engagement and equity. She can be followed on Twitter at @adblackman7.
Carole Bucy is professor of history at Volunteer State Community College and holds degrees in history from Baylor University, George Peabody College, and Vanderbilt University. She also currently holds the honorary position of Davidson County Historian. As a longtime advocate for local and state history, she regularly conducts teacher workshops on the incorporation of Tennessee history into existing U.S. history courses and is a frequent speaker across the state on a variety of historical subjects. She is the author of the textbook used in 4th and 5th Social Studies classes in Metro Schools as well as other districts across the state. She has also written several scholarly articles about Tennessee women. She has been a researcher for the Nashville Public Library’s Votes for Women Room, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Tennessee ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave across the United States the right to vote, as well as a consultant for the Tennessee State Museum’s Woman Suffrage Exhibit.
David Steele Ewing is a ninth generation Nashvillian, historian and CEO of Nashville History on Tour. On the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 Woman Suffrage Marches in Nashville, he urged the Metro Council to rename Capitol Boulevard to Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard. Ewing has been collecting items related to the women’s suffrage movement for 20 years. Some items from his collection are on display now at the Parthenon’s new exhibit “We Have A Vision: Nashville Women from Centennial to Suffrage.” The Votes for Women Room in the library will also have images from his collection. Ewing’s great-great-grandmother Isabella Ewing, born enslaved in Nashville in 1854, registered to vote in 1920 after the 19th Amendment was ratified and was one of the first African American women to register and vote in Tennessee. Her story and Tennessee Voter Registration Card was recently featured in a New York Times article about suffragists. Ewing was named Best Historian by the Nashville Scene and his Instagram Page “The Nashville I Wish I Knew” was also named by the Nashville Scene as the Best Nashville Instagram page.