Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee enjoyed a reputation as a progressive southern city, though segregation was the law of the land in the 1950s and 1960s. The city’s public school system resisted desegregation until 1957; and restaurants, department stores, and other public accommodations similarly fought against integration. In 1960, sit-in demonstrations exploded in the city, led by local college students, including Diane Nash and John Lewis. The Nashville Student Movement was one of the strongest student-led movements in the nation and was instrumental in the founding of SNCC on Easter Weekend in 1960.



John Lewis, O.D. Hunt, and Dennis Gregory Foote arrested during the Nashville Student Movement, undated,

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“The Story of the Nashville Sit-Ins,” Album Liner, undated,