“I came to Nashville not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that has taken place in this community.”
— Dr Martin Luther King
February is Black History Month in the US and Nashvillians have many reasons take some time to reflect upon the proud African American contribution to our community. With a long and distinguished higher education tradition at Fisk, Meharry Medical College, American Baptist College and Tennessee State University, we were blessed to have a generation of courageous and well-educated young people here at the birth of the Civil Rights era, whose determination, dignity and perserverence placed Nashville at the forefront of the Movement. I always make a point of taking visitors to the wonderful Civil Rights Room at our Downtown Public Library, and highly recommend that you make time to see the collection the next time you are here.
So what do you reckon Dr King would make of this?
Yes, it’s Free at Last Bail Bonding (‘Get your friend or loved one out of jail today’), brought to you by co-owners Mario Hambrick and Greg Sanford. I don’t know what to do with those boys, really I don’t. On the one hand, they clearly have bad taste. On the other hand, you’ve got to admit, they’re both kind of cute. I mean, they are the kind of guys I would go out on a date with if I met them on match.com. Hell, for all I know, I already have dated them. To be honest, it all gets kind of blurred.
And prospects? Honey, Mario and Greg are building a business empire, operating out of a seven-county area in Middle Tennessee. Do you know about the Free at Last Party Bus? My son is begging me to hire it out for the family reunion my mother keeps going on about. It’s tempting. Watch the video:
Ok, the cynical amongst you might suspect that Mario and Greg have hatched a scheme to drum up more business. Shame on you! Greg makes it perfectly clear in the video that the pole is for exercise purposes only. And the motives are entirely altruistic. He and Mario got together and decided that people in Nashville need a safe and alternative way to go out and party because the DUI rate is simply out of control. Now that’s what I call public service.
And another thing — according to their website, ‘…we offer VIP status to the most popular nightclubs and bars in downtown Nashville. Whether you’re celebrating a bachelor, bachelorette, birthday, anniversary, prom, wedding, corporate event, tailgating parties or just a night out on the town this bus will help provide the transportation needed to ensure everyone an unforgettable time. Free At Last party bus also caters to under -21, sweet 16 and kids parties too! Let us help you plan the party of a lifetime! Call and book your party today!’
I have to confess that it never occurred to me when Junior was little to book a party bus with VIP status at nightclubs, a smoke machine and a lap-dancing pole. But I bet he would have loved me better in his teenage years if I had.
And still another great thing about Mario and Greg is that they sponsor parades!
In fact, the more I know about them, the more I like them. And poor Mario, he has had kind of an embarrassing month. So all in all, I have decided that I want them to be my friends! I love these guys!
Seriously, I can appreciate that when Dr King had a dream, it probably wasn’t this one. But at least they are running an integrated business and making money, right? Are you with me? So, happy Black History Month from all of us here in Nashville!
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