Chakita Patterson, founder of United Street Tours, had an extraordinary encounter that left a lasting impression. She was fortunate enough to connect with extraordinary civil rights leaders, an experience that proved to be truly enlightening. This encounter provided invaluable insight, enabling Chakita to enhance her Nashville civil rights history walking tour and offer participants a more comprehensive narrative of Nashville’s rich past.
Nashville has this rich history when it comes to the Civil Rights Movement. It’s often called the “cradle of the Civil Rights Movement,” and for good reason. It played a crucial role in shaping the course of history. From the courageous students at Fisk University and Tennessee State University to the inspiring leadership of Diane Nash, John Lewis, and James Lawson, the city became a hub of nonviolent activism.
Interview with Chakita Patterson, Founder of United Street Tours
Q: Can you tell us about your recent encounter with civil rights leaders in Nashville?
A: Oh, it was truly an extraordinary experience! I had the incredible opportunity to share stories with Nashville’s civil rights leaders, and let me tell you, it was a table I’ll never forget. Their wisdom, experience, and knowledge is truly inspiring. We gathered at Woolworth and 5th, a historic location deeply intertwined with the Civil Rights Movement, and it added an extra layer of significance to our conversation.
Q: What was the purpose of the meeting with civil rights leaders?
A: The meeting was organized by Kia Jarmon with MEPR Agency, and it was designed to provide an opportunity for dialogue and exchange between generations. I had the privilege of being part of a gathering where civil rights leaders shared their firsthand experiences and gave an oral history presentation. It was incredibly moving to hear their stories and gain deeper insights into the struggles and triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement.
Q: How did this encounter impact your work with United Street Tours?
A: This encounter was truly transformative for me and the work we do at United Street Tours. Hearing directly from civil rights leaders and gaining their perspective has enriched the narrative we offer on our black history and civil rights history walking tours. It has allowed us to provide participants with a more comprehensive understanding of Nashville’s rich Civil Rights history and the pivotal role the city and individuals played in the movement.
Q: What inspired you to start doing Nashville walking tours?
A: United Street Tours was born out of my passion to bring the buried narratives of civil rights and black history to the forefront through walking tours in Nashville. I wanted to educate and inspire individuals by sharing the untold stories and experiences of those who fought for equality. I firmly believe that understanding history and its impact empowers us to create a better future.
Q: How does United Street Tours foster connections between participants and the communities they explore?
A: One of the most remarkable aspects of United Street Tours is the way we create meaningful connections between participants and the communities they explore. By immersing individuals in the stories, struggles, and triumphs of the past, we provide opportunities for dialogue, empathy, and a shared commitment to justice and equality. Our tours aim to spark conversations and ignite a sense of connection and responsibility in each participant.
Q: What are your aspirations for the future of United Street Tours?
A: I have big aspirations for United Street Tours. I want to expand our reach to more cities, bringing the stories and experiences of diverse communities to a wider audience. I hope to continue collaborating with schools, corporations, organizations, and community leaders to develop educational programs that empower individuals to embrace history and advocate for positive change. United Street Tours will always be a platform for learning, inspiration, and fostering connections between people and the stories that shape our world through Nashville tours and other resources
Q: How does this encounter with civil rights leaders inspire you moving forward?
A: This encounter has reignited my passion and deepened my commitment to the work we do with our Nashville walking tours and beyond. The wisdom and guidance I received from civil rights leaders have given me a roadmap for success and a renewed sense of purpose. Their dedication to the fight for justice and equality inspires me to continue amplifying the voices and stories that deserve to be heard. I am more empowered than ever to carry the torch and make a positive impact through United Street Tours.
Q: What are your closing remarks?
A: My encounter with the civil rights leaders in Nashville was truly life-changing. Their stories and experiences have profoundly impacted my work with United Street Tours. As I continue this journey, I am grateful for the opportunity to educate and inspire individuals by sharing the narratives of our collective history on Nashville tours. Together, we can create a future built on empathy, understanding, and equality.