What makes a movement successful? The people? The actions? The outcome? Students find out that answering this question is more involved than it may seem. Each of the five primary sources reveal a new perspective on the Nashville Sit-In Movement of 1960, and lead to a deeper understanding of what it means to work for change.

Documents included in this challenge:

  • Excerpts from interviews with Reverend James Lawson and businessman Bernie Schweid
  • Video clip of the Eyes on the Prize interview with student activist, Diane Nash (written transcript included)
  • Newspaper photograph of the sit-in 
  • Background article from a textbook
For additional context, check out the documentary, Eyes on the Prize, Episode 3: Ain't Scared of Your Jails.
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