A.Z. Kelley set to celebrate 10 years serving Antioch and Cane Ridge

AZKelley060607B01CA.Z. Kelley Elementary School is preparing to celebrate 10 years serving the Antioch community. The school, to address overcrowding, officially opened in the 2006-2007 school year and is part of the Cane Ridge Cluster.

Monday, there will be a ceremony that will include readings, reflections and more. Fourth-grade students from the first year the school was open, who are now college freshmen, will also be in attendance.

The school is named after the Rev. A.Z. Kelley, Sr., a black barber who challenged segregation in Nashville schools. As a result of his lawsuit, in 1957, the courts ordered Nashville’s schools to desegregate. Surviving relatives of the late Rev. Kelley will also be on hand to celebrate the school’s tenth anniversary.

Attendees include:

  • Students and A.Z. Kelley Elementary School families
  • Chris Henson, Interim Director of Schools
  • Ellen Kelley White and Canzada Kelley Hawkins – relatives of the late A.Z. Kelley
  • Honorable Sue Evans, former Davidson County judge
  • Honorable Bill Purcell, former metro Nashville and Davidson County mayor
  • Marsha Dunn, A.Z. Kelley Elementary School Principal

The school is located at 5834 Pettus Road in Antioch.