Kindergarten Student Attends School Honoring His Great-Grandfather
by Marcus Washington
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 5-year-old fulfilled his great-grandfather's dream Thursday by attending his first day of school in a building that honors the history maker.
Kindergartner Christian Hawkins stepped through the doors of A.Z. Kelley Elementary School in Antioch Thursday morning.
What he didn't quite understand is he also walked through the doors of his family's history. A.Z. Kelley was Christian Hawkins' great-grandfather.
Back in 1957, Kelley sued the Nashville Board of Education ending segregation of the Nashville Public School system. That was three years after the Supreme Court's 1954 decision outlawing segregation in schools.
For the first time, a descendant of Kelley is attending the school named after him. For Christian, it's just his school where he will meet new friends and have fun.
His family said it's a moment that they are proud of, but humbled by. Christian's father skyped in from New York to be a part of the day.
The family said they didn't plan on Christian attending A.Z. Kelley Elementary, it just happened to be the school he was zoned for.