After months of deliberation and hearsay, Pith has it on authority that the tony Belle Meade Country Club has admitted its first resident African-American member.
That person is Waverly Crenshaw, a partner at the prominent Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Pith has learned from a club member who wishes to remain anonymous. Pith previously reported on Crenshaw's candidacy in January.
Attempts to reach Crenshaw by phone were unsuccessful. However, the source provided Pith with a screenshot of a club periodical, which lists Crenshaw as a new resident member sponsored by Robert E. Boston, also of Waller Lansden:
The move comes decades after racial segregation officially ended in Nashville (golf clap) and a few months after the BMCC — long regarded as Davidson County's Last Great Rich White Hope — admitted its first female resident member in the spring. In April, entrepreneur Adelaide D. Stevens was admitted, thereby breaking the club's century-plus streak of exclusionary membership practices — at least along gender lines.
Now, the club has finally crossed the racial Rubicon.
The club has been bashed over the years for the lily-whiteness of its membership roster. In its defense, however, the anonymous member who spoke to the Scene says "the club has approached lots and lots and lots of potential black members," yet none have wanted to apply. "I know that to be true," the source writes in an email. "Can't say as I blame most of them, but that's just the case."
Break out the champagne, Nashville, and welcome to the 20th century!