MAGA, Robert Churchwell Sr., Rule of Law

MAGA: According to Reuters ,there’s a soon-to-be released index fund for those hoping to “make America great again” by investing in companies that support the Republican Party. The Point Bridge GOP Stock Tracker exchange-traded fund will list under the ticker “MAGA,” according to a filing with U.S. securities regulators. The name is an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. The fund’s sponsor is Point Bridge Capital LLC in Fort Worth, Texas. The company is planning a set of what it calls Politically Responsible Investing products which may attract Republican investors.

Robert Churchwell Sr.: The Tennessee State Museum dubbed the late Robert Church- well, Sr. “The Jackie Robinson of Southern Journalism” in a rotating exhibit highlighting his pioneering role in his profession. Churchwell was the first black journalist hired to write in a white Southern municipal newspaper. The Banner, which white separatist and stanch conservative James Stahlman owned, invited Churchwell to report on what they called “Negro News.” Stahlman overcame his disdain for black persons since he wanted to sell newspapers. Over the years, Churchwell’s work played an increasingly important role in capturing the history and perspective of black Nashvillians. His articles are available today in The Banner Room at Nashville’s Downtown Public Library. During the civil rights era, Churchwell wrote many stories about school desegregation. However, The Banner declined to publish any stories about Nashville’s historic lunch counter sit in protests during the ‘60s.  For five years, he had to work from home before The Banner allowed him to sit at a desk in the newsroom.  As Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos put it, Churchwell was “invited to the dance but he was not invited to dance.”  Zeppos noted Churchwell “danced at home with his wife, Mary E. Churchwell; his distinguished four sons, Robert Jr., Dr. Andre’, Dr. Kevin and Dr. Keith Churchwell; and his accomplished daughter Marisa Churchwell Smith.  On Sept. 9 2017, this illustrious family held a 100th birthday celebration to honor the achievements of their patriarch. Recently, his son Dr. Andre’ Churchwell wrote in an article, “It is hard to imagine that (my father) would be 100 years old if he were still alive. He passed (away) Feb. 3, 2009.  His influence was such that he affected the lives of almost everyone he encountered, such as the journalists Reginald Stuart (formerly of The New York Times) and Dwight Lewis (former editorial page editor of The Tennessean) and scores of youth at his home church, Seay-Hubbard United Methodist Church.” Named in his honor is the Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School located at 1625 Dr D. B. Todd Jr. Blvd.

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Rule of Law: Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture for Sept. 26 features former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates to discuss The Presidency and The Rule of Law with historian Jon Meacham and Chancellor Nick Zeppos. Tickets are free and available at the Sarratt Student Center box office on a “first come first served” basis. Phone 615 343-3361 for further information. Sarratt Center is located at 2302 Vanderbilt Pl.
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