Black And White - 07/11/14
Black And White
Nashville and the nation lost a great man today. A man whose life stood for something--- promoting equality, exposing the Ku Klux Klan, putting himself in harm's way in the name of equality and justice.
That's the John Lawrence Seigenthaler, Jr we all know and love. The man who started out as a lowly reporter at The Tennessean, who blazed trails during the Civil Rights movement publishing stories that made many uncomfortable because it was the right thing to do. He took down corrupt judges, corrupt Teamsters, racist leaders. He even got hit over the head with a lead pipe protecting students during a race riot. He also risked his own life to save a suicidal man from jumping off a bridge. To him, there was no gray area. It was black and white, it was right or wrong. There was no in between. Seigenthaler was a man of conviction.
Thank you John Lawrence Seigenthaler for what you stood for, for helping those who couldn't help themselves, for taking the hard road for no other reason ... than just because it was the right thing to do.
Anytime you stand up for the right thing, at the right time for ALL the right reasons... regardless of the consequences--- goodness will sprout from that. And boy did it ever for Mr. Seigenthaler. He went on to become the Publisher and Editor of not only The Tennessean, but also the founding editor of USA Today.
He also founded The First Amendment Center, has the Seigenthaler Center named after him at Vanderbilt and you've probably been over the bridge downtown that's also named after him. All of this... before this iconic man ever left this Earth. He was a living legacy then and forever will be.