John Williams

John Kennedy

The summer before his final year at the Vanderbilt Law School and during the summer and fall after his graduation, John Kennedy worked for the Student Health Coalition in 1971 and 1972. He provided assistance to former miners who were seeking black lung benefits and disability payments from federal and state agencies. He was based …

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East Tennessee Research Corporation (ETRC)

Contributed by John Williams and Neil McBride, September 2015. As the members of the Student Health Coalition (SHC) and the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services (CHS) began working with health clinics, SOCM, the Tennessee Black Lung Association and other community-based organizations in East Tennessee, it became apparent that many of these groups needed legal assistance …

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Sue Love Student Health Coalition Meeting Photographs, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill

Sue C. Love participated in the Rural Student Health Coalition in the early 1970s as a medical worker and attended medical school at Vanderbilt University. At the same time, her future husband Cliff Love served as a community worker. Included are black-and-white photographs of a SHC meeting from the summer of 1972 at a cabin …

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“Imagine, if you can, these two young Turks trying to give advice to the Governor of Mississippi”

[Contributed John WIlliams] Bill had a friend named Fortenberry. He was a staffer for the Mississippi State Senate in the 1970s.  In 1976, lignite coal (a low grade of coal) was discovered in Mississippi, so the state started considering the passage of a law to regulate the mining of lignite. Knowing of Bill’s involvement with …

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