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Resolution RS2020-159

A Resolution honoring the life of Carrie Gentry.

WHEREAS, on December 14, 2019, Nashville lost a respected, trailblazing member of the community in the passing of Carrie Gentry; and

WHEREAS, Carrie Gentry was born in Georgia and was one of 14 children; and

WHEREAS, Carrie Gentry attended Howard University and majored in health physical education and dance; and

WHEREAS, in 1949, Carrie Gentry and her husband moved to Tennessee, where they both worked as faculty members at Tennessee State University; and

WHEREAS, Carrie Gentry taught dance, served as the director of the majorettes, and was inducted into TSU’s Sports Hall of Fame; and

WHEREAS, Carrie Gentry was an influential figure in the effort to desegregate Nashville, assisting student protestors during the Civil Rights movement by providing transportation to nonviolent tactics training, and paying bail money for those who were jailed; and

WHEREAS, Carrie Gentry’s son, Howard Gentry Jr. described her as “a fierce defender for all people”, and her pioneering Civil Rights work was revered by many; and

WHEREAS, Carrie Gentry and her friend Inez Crutchfield became involved in the League for Women Voters and were the first African-American members of the Davidson County Democratic Party’s Women Club, later both becoming the first and second African-American presidents of the group; and

WHEREAS, in October, Carrie Gentry received the 2019 Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award along with several other women, including Inez Crutchfield; and

WHEREAS, Carrie Gentry is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Howard Cornelius Gentry Sr., and she is survived by her children, Carol Gentry Johnson and Howard Gentry Jr., six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews, and will be deeply missed; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognize and honor the incredible life and legacy of Carrie Gentry.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as honoring the life of Carrie Gentry.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Delishia Porterfield, Sharon Hurt, Tanaka Vercher, Jennifer Gamble, Russ Bradford, Burkley Allen, Sandra Sepulveda, Freddie O'Connell, Antoniette Lee, Joy Styles, Brandon Taylor, Zulfat Suara, Angie Henderson, Dave Rosenberg, John Rutherford, Colby Sledge, Erin Evans, Bob Mendes, Kevin Rhoten, Ginny Welsch, Kyonzté Toombs, Sean Parker, Jonathan Hall, Brett Withers, Emily Benedict, Steve Glover, Nancy VanReece, Larry Hagar, Gloria Hausser, Bob Nash, Courtney Johnston, Thomas Cash, Jeff Syracuse

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJanuary 7, 2020

AdoptedJanuary 7, 2020

ApprovedJanuary 8, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 01/13/2020 10:13 AM