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 three 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.

Students will hear from a local businessman, student activist, and view newspaper coverage of the event.

For additional context, check out the documentary, Eyes on the Prize, Episode 3: Ain't Scared of Your Jails.


Students will be able to...

  • Describe the role of non-violence in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Assess the economic and social impact of segregation.
  • Describe the role of actors and significant events occurring during the modern Civil Rights Movement.
  • Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis and reflection