• State's Human Rights Commission to Meet, Release Annual Report 2016

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 2:53pm

    THRC Board to Review and approve Performance Measures from Previous Fiscal Year

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Human Rights Commission released its annual performance measures from the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    The agency’s board of commissioners reviewed and approved the report in a public meeting held on Tuesday September 20, 2016.

    “We’re excited to present our performance from the past year,” said Beverly Watts, executive director of the THRC. “Looking back and finding ways to improve is an important step toward doing the best possible job for those we serve.”  As we look back we are able to identify ways to improve our service to the public.

    This annual report comprise, information relating to the commission’s interactions with the public throughout the previous fiscal year.


    The Tennessee Human Rights Commission is an independent state agency responsible for enforcing the state’s anti discrimination laws, which prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation. The Commission also ensures Tennessee’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and national origin by state agencies receiving financial assistance.

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  • Bill Minor Mississippi Civil Rights Reporter

    Friday, February 05, 2016 | 11:12am

    Documentary on Mississippi Civil Rights Reporter To Premiere in Nashville During Black History Month

    Eyes on Mississippi, a 66-minute documentary film on dogged civil-rights reporter Bill Minor, will have its Nashville premiere Thursday, February 25 at the John Seigenthaler Center on the Vanderbilt University campus.
    The film examines how Minor witnessed—and even occasionally shaped--U.S. history in his coverage of the civil rights movement. His even reporting from the struggle’s Mississippi epicenter stood in contrast to the distorted pro-segregation journalism of most Mississippi outlets of the era. Legendary black leader Medgar Evers trusted Minor as the rare local white reporter with a sense of justice. Truth became costly. Three 1964 Freedom Summer volunteers decided to investigate after Minor broke news of a Neshoba County church burning. The trio’s resulting murders inside the county awakened the nation.

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  • Tenn Human Rights Day

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 9:06am

    Tennessee Human Rights Day Celebration to Honor Human Rights Champions

    The Tennessee Celebration of International Human Rights Day will take place in Nashville at the First Amendment Center on December 10th, 5pm – 7pm.  The celebration centers around the presentation of awards to human rights champions in three categories: Rising Advocate, Outstanding Service and Lifetime Achievement. Past recipients of these prestigious honors have included the Rev. Bill Barnes, Rev. James “Tex” Thomas, Rosetta Miller Perry, Father Joseph Breen, Gatluak Thach, First Baptist Capitol Hill, and many more.

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  • State's Human Rights Commission to Meet, Release Annual Report

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | 2:08pm

    ​THRC Board to Review Performance Measures from Previous Fiscal Year

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Human Rights Commission plans to review annual performance measures from the previous fiscal year and release this information in the form of two annual reports.
    The agency’s board of commissioners will discuss the reports in a public meeting to be held Friday at 9 a.m.

    “We’re excited to take a look at our performance from the past year,” said Beverly Watts, executive director of the THRC. “Looking back and finding ways to improve is an important step toward doing the best possible job for those we serve.”

    These annual reports comprise information relating to the commission’s interactions with the public throughout the previous fiscal year, as well as the Title VI compliance program.

    The Tennessee Human Rights Commission is an independent state agency responsible for enforcing the state’s anti discrimination laws, which prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation. The Commission also ensures Tennessee’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and national origin by state agencies receiving financial assistance.

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  • UT College of Law Partners with Tennessee Human Rights Commission

    Wednesday, September 09, 2015 | 2:39pm

    College to Host Lecture as Part of Semester-Long Partnership

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Beverly L. Watts, executive director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, will deliver a public lecture and visit with students at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Her visit is part of a semester-long partnership between the college and the THRC in which students are making complex legal documents easier to understand for the general public.

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  • Human Rights Commission Receives New Commissioner

    Monday, August 17, 2015 | 11:14am

    Robin Derryberry of Derryberry PR joins Board of Commissioners

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Human Rights Commission announced this week the appointment of Robin Derryberry to its nine-member Board of Commissioners.​
    Derryberry is a seventh generation Tennessean. She earned an undergraduate and Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

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  • Eric Crafton Press Release

    Monday, March 23, 2015 | 10:56am

    Eric Crafton Appointed to THRC Board of Commissioners

    Lieutenant (Lt.) Governor, Ron Ramsey has appointed Eric Crafton of Nashville to the Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC). On February 2015, Lt. Governor Ramsey confirmed Crafton’s appointment to the THRC as a Representative of the Middle Grand Division. Commissioner Crafton will serve a term from March 2015 until June 2017. He will attend his first THRC Board of Commissioners meeting on March 20, 2015.

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