How Nashville Set the Stage for Sit-ins

More than 50 years ago in Nashville, Tennessee, college students, ministers and other activists set out to right the wrongs of our nation, not by use of weapons, violence or vicious slurs but through peaceful protests and by taking a seat at local lunch counters. As these demonstrations advanced, the group’s steady cries for equality were answered with hatred and violence. Yet these courageous men and women continued on, eventually conquering adversity and triggering a wave of successful protests across the southeastern United States.

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