A resolution to honor Chick History, a women’s history non-profit founded by Rebecca Price in 2015 and dedicated to the goal of preserving the history of Tennessee’s women by rebuilding the story of our state, one story at a time.
WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Council in collaboration with the Council’s Women’s Caucus and the Mayor’s Council on the State of Women is sponsoring a series of resolutions honoring the women’s suffrage movement and the 2020 Centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August 2020; and
WHEREAS, after an arduous battle between the suffragists and the anti-suffragists, Tennessee became the 36th and deciding state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that the right to vote shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex; and
WHEREAS, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage, the Metropolitan Council recognizes Rebecca Price’s Chick History for its collection of vibrant but overlooked stories about the many courageous and competent women living when Nashville and Tennessee were first created; and
WHEREAS, Chick History dates back to 2010 when museum professional Rebecca Price moved to Nashville and began a website through which she provided resources, training, information, and interpretation about women’s history, including all racial, ethnic, and economic groups of Tennessee women; and
WHEREAS, the incorporation of Chick History as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2015 enabled Ms. Price’s existing work that began in Nashville to reach into all parts of Tennessee with community-driven programs and educational outreach; and
WHEREAS, in 2016, Chick History in partnership with Humanities Tennessee developed “March to the 19th," a five-year statewide initiative to rebuild women’s history, to commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and to give voice to countless women who have been a part of our state and nation’s history; and
WHEREAS, “March to the 19th” set four phases:
1. Empowering history professionals;
2. Protecting the legacy of women;
3. Sharing the women’s history all around us; and
4. Inspiring the next generation; and
WHEREAS, during Phase One, Chick History traveled across Tennessee, building an incredible network of museum and history professionals through its Chick History Bootcamp, a program designed specifically for these professionals to better incorporate more women’s history in their activities; and
WHEREAS, these Bootcamps covered how race, gender, and material culture are used to provide interpretation at historic sites, ways to construct a three-dimensional world, using a multi-disciplinary approach and current scholarship to position women as active participants and leaders in our city and state’s history; and
WHEREAS, by bringing together 150 attendees representing more than 80 organizations, these bootcamps addressed the challenges and lessons associated with weaving women’s stories into existing collections, exhibitions, and interpretation; and
WHEREAS, in Phase Two, Chick History focused on the collection and digitization of African-American women’s political history including such items as letters, photos, memorabilia, and oral histories, in order to expand the narrative and understanding of African American women’s historical experiences; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Ernestine Jenkins, Andrea Blackman, Tasneem Tewogbola, Kathleen Feduccia, Dr. Susan Knowles, Patricia Mitchell, Leslie Boone, Linda T. Wynn, Dr. Learotha Williams, Dr. Theodora Pinnock, Dr. Ashley Bouknight, Gary Burke, Dr. Femi Ajanaku, Brigitte Billeaudeaux, Dr. Noelle Trent, Dr. Imani Fryar, Mary Mitchell, Genny Carter, and Reverend Renee Kesler served as advisors and committee members for Chick History during Phase Two; and
WHEREAS, the Special Collections Center at the Nashville Public Library, the Center for Historic Preservation, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, and the East Tennessee Historical Society were community partners for Chick History during Phase Two; and
WHEREAS, examples established by this project were used in “By One Vote,” WNPT’s documentary about Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th Amendment which premiered in Nashville at the Tennessee State Museum in November 2019, and to be released in March for nationwide distribution; and
WHEREAS, over two years, Chick History conducted eight public community meetings and seven Digitization Events in Tennessee, and collected 188 letters, photos, scrapbooks, journals, ephemera, and oral histories during Phase Two; and
WHEREAS, in Phase Three “Sharing the Legacy” is creating The Tennessee Women’s History Calendar, a 365-day calendar on a free, publicly accessible website: https://march.chickhistory.org/, so the next generation of young girls and boys are inspired by learning more history through the stories of women who have been ever-present in Tennessee; and
WHEREAS, although there are 383 people named in the Tennessee K-12 Social Studies Standards, only 66 of them (17%) are women, making The Tennessee Women’s History Calendar not simply a history project, but also an EQUAL REPRESENTATION project; and
WHEREAS, the final Phase 4, which is now underway, will include comprehensive educational materials based on the Tennessee Social Studies Standards that will include bell ringer activities to begin each school day, themed lessons, and enrichment programs such as vocabulary and writing exercises, along with the Tennessee Women’s History Calendar; and
WHEREAS, Chick History has brought together the values of historical accuracy, inclusion, stewardship by its thoughtful interpretation of stories to which the project has been entrusted, and diversity through its commitment to telling a range of histories that reflect the diversity of our city and state by incorporating women in the narrative; and
WHEREAS, by its adding women into our historical narratives, Chick History has successfully begun the process of bridging the gap between the present and the past so all Nashvillians and Tennesseans can be better prepared to face the future; and
WHEREAS, the success of Chick History has shown that the women in our history are all around us, that we have not been able to see or access them; and
WHEREAS, Rebecca Price has lent her significant expertise to the development of the narrative and programming for the Votes for Women room in the Downtown Nashville Public Library; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognize and celebrate the contributions of Rebecca Price and Chick History in creating a network of trained women’s history professionals and beginning the expansion of our knowledge of women in our history.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
Section 1. The Metropolitan Council, in celebration of the Centennial year of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August 2020, hereby registers and records its praise for Rebecca Price and Chick History for their contributions towards expanding our knowledge of the contributions of women in our history.
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.
Nancy VanReece, Joy Styles, Courtney Johnston, Ginny Welsch, Jennifer Gamble, Tonya Hancock, Tanaka Vercher, Erin Evans, Kathleen Murphy, Emily Benedict, Sharon Hurt, Zulfat Suara, Kyonzté Toombs
Referred toPlanning, Zoning, and Historical Committee
Rules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee
IntroducedMarch 17, 2020
Deferred to April 7, 2020March 17, 2020
AdoptedApril 7, 2020
ApprovedApril 8, 2020
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