Calvin Sneed honored as part of Living African American Legends exhibit

Calvin Sneed and The Impressions are being honored as part of the Living African American Legends exhibit at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. (Image: WTVC) 

Former News Channel 9 anchor and reporter Calvin Sneed is being honored as part of the Living African American Legends exhibit at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

He is sporting a new look since retirement, but still cracking jokes as always.

"If I could do it all again, I'd do it with a beard," Sneed said.

Calvin spent decades bringing stories that matter to the Tennessee Valley.

"I've never felt like I've done anything that I wasn't called to do, that didn't need to get done."

Calvin was in great company at the ceremony Thursday, laughing with world famous musicians Fred Cash and Sam Gooden.

They spent 60 years with The Impressions, working with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Eric Clapton, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Richard Pryor.

"To come home and see all these people coming up to greet you, it makes you feel good," Cash said.

They've toured the world, but now there's no place else they'd rather be.

"We never forget Chattanooga. This is where we were born, this is where we were raised and this is where we came back to spend the rest of our lives," Gooden said.

Reverend Paul McDaniel is also part of the exhibit. He spent 48 years serving at Second Missionary Baptist Church, and 20 years as a county commissioner.

"Things changed so much, the whole city has changed," McDaniel said. "I'm very proud of the city now."

Paula Wilkes with the cultural center says along with this exhibit, they'll be doing interviews with Chattanooga's history makers.

They'll post them online and help a new generation learn about the people who make up our history.

"They've all made a significant impact in Chattanooga, and they're impacting Chattanooga's future so we wanted to highlight them," Wilkes said.

As for Calvin, he's working on another book about bridges, and possibly another television gig...

"Maybe in the next 48 years I'll go back and do it again," Sneed said. "I'd be crazy if I didn't miss it. You don't do this for 48 years and not have some good memories."

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