United Street Tours


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —United Street Tours presents the “Secret Network of Women in Civil
Rights Tour,” a Nashville walking tour about women civil rights leaders. This walking tour
shines a light on Nashville as a historically rich city with strong ties to the Civil Rights
Movement of the 1960s. Organized by Chakita Patterson, the founder of United Street Tours,
the walking tour will launch January 18, 2020 and January 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM as a Martin
Luther King Jr. Day commemorative event, through October 31, 2020.

The tour will spotlight extraordinary women such as Diane Nash, Gloria Mckissack, Mary
“Salynn” McCollum, Patricia-Jenkins-Armstrong, and Elizabeth McClain. These women
sacrificed and fought non-violently to make Nashville not only a diverse city but also an
inclusive city for all regardless of cultural background. The story that resonates most is Diane
Nash’s interaction with Mayor Ben West and 1960 which served as a tipping point in the fight
to desegregate Nashville’s lunch counter. She approached the mayor asking him “do you feel
it is wrong to discriminate against a person solely on the basis of their race or color?” This
question presented him with a very critical opportunity to address persistent issues such as
racial discrimination and positive elements such as inclusion.

“As a black female founder, it is deeply important to me to recognize other women in the
community who have made a huge impact in the past and women who are making an impact
in Nashville today,” says Chakita Patterson. “The tour sparks conversations about social
issues and enhances the narrative about historically marginalized groups including women
and African-Americans.”


United Street Tours is a Nashville tour company. Founded February 2018, it showcases the
hidden history of Nashville that educates, informs, and inspires.

Interview information

We invite members of the media to join us on tour Saturday, January 18, 2020 (tour
information below). Interviews and photo opportunities are available upon request by
contacting us.

Tour Information
Secret Network of Women in Civil Rights Tour
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Starting Point: Nashville Public Library | Downtown Nashville
Starting Point Address: 615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219. We will meet outside by the
front door.
Ending Point: Woolworth on 5th
Ending Point Address: 221 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219