Schedule & Rally Info


Photo Credit: Tennessee Photographs

9:30 am: Gather at Public Square

9:45 am: Practice chants and listen to safety guidelines

10:00 am: Speeches and musical performers

~11:00 am: Peaceful walk and demonstration to Legislative Plaza (estimated to be 2/3 mile)

Rally Speakers

Wesley Roberts

Wesley H. Roberts taught science in Metro Nashville Public Schools for 35 years before retiring in 2018.  He has been a voice of advocacy for science education throughout his career, including his opposition to anti-evolution laws in Tennessee.  He has received numerous awards for his instruction concerning evolution, environment, and human reproduction, and his classes were always a safe haven for critical thinking.

David Briley

David Briley is the eighth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected Vice Mayor on September 10, 2015, and was sworn in as Mayor on March 6, 2018. Mayor Briley is a native Nashvillian and the grandson of Beverly Briley, the first mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Molly Miller

During her 38 years as a geoscience professor at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Molly Miller built interest in earth history and processes as an award-winning teacher.  Simultaneously she explored relationships between ancient organisms and their environments and climate in National Science Foundation- sponsored research projects. Having discovered 250 million year old polar forests and burrowing animals in Antarctica and investigated potential effects of global change on modern polar marine life, Dr. Miller is committed to linking long term and present day climate change.  

Jimmie Garland

Jimmie Garland is an Elder at the True Vine Worldwide Gospel Church in Clarksville, TN. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served for 29 years. Mr. Garland is a member of the Clarksville Montgomery County School Board. Lastly, he is the VP of the TN State Conference NAACP and the President of the NAACP Clarksville Branch.

Anne Davis

Anne Davis is a Nashville native and environmental advocate. She is the former managing attorney of the Southern Environmental Law Center, Nashville office.

Robert Wingfield

Dr. Wingfield currently serves as an Associate Professor within the Discipline of Chemistry at Fisk University (where he has served since 1985).  At Fisk he is currently also serving as the Director of the Fisk Community Environmental Toxics Awareness and Sustainability Program. His continuing interests are in environmental justice and sustainability education, eliminating racial health disparities, fate and transport of pesticides and other toxics in the environment, reducing community exposure to toxics, informal K-6 environmental/sustainability education, and integration of environmental sustainability/health across the curriculum.

Musical Performers

Shelby Bottom Duo

 Michael August and Nell Levin write songs that tell a story, and engage us with issues of the environment, and economic and social justice. Follow them and like their page on Facebook.

Susan Shann

Susan Shann is an accomplished singer / songwriter and a long-time participant and activist within the vibrant progressive community of Nashville. Through her music, this “Earth Mama” gives voice to numerous social and environmental issues, and offers a reminder of our deep connection to each other, and to all of life. Visit her website to learn more!

Judy Klass

Judy Klass is a songwriter with cuts in many genres who teaches at Vanderbilt. Please check out her CD Protest Songs in an Age of Trump and visit her website for more info.

Tramaine Arte’mis

Tramaine Arte’Mis is becoming widely known and recognized for her tremendous range and expressive vocal talents equally at home in Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Opera, Gospel, R&B, Musical Theatre or Neo Soul. Visit Tramaine’s website to learn more about her!