Friday, February 5, 2010

Exploration 6

Segregation was a rising concern for the black community of Nashville Tennessee. Everyone was used to the segregation, and no one was making any changes. Until black college students decided to take matters into their own hands. They joined together and started to prepare for non-violent direct action. They attended training sessions, Rev. C.T. Vivian described the sessions simply as “we learned how to take the blows and still respond with some dignity.” They would take turns pretending to yell at one person, saying all the nasty remarks the whites would make at them while pushing and shoving them slightly. They learned to not let their angry win but wanted to show that they meant no harm and they just wanted equal rights.

What stood out to me the most about the non-violent direct actions in Nashville was that the college students were so young. They took on such a great issue and changed the pattern of society. They were so mature in the way they went about gaining equal rights, threw peace. It was inspiring to watch how many beatings they took yet still held true to their purpose and morals. They really believed in what they were doing, no matter how many times they got arrested.

There were many important people in this film that make it very creditable. Whether threw interviews or actual footage of the time. I found it amazing that there was actual footage of Martin Luther Kings Jr. and everyone in the church when they were trapped in there because of the mob. There were countless interviews from many of the college students and witnesses during the time.


  1. The parts involving actual footage of martin luther king were very interesting to watch. I agree with you.

  2. I found the footage of Martin Luther King Jr. to be quite intriguing as well. He seemed very charismatic and passionate about what he was trying to talk about. It is no wonder that he is the icon of the Civil Rights Movement.

  3. I thought the scene showing the training sessions was really interesting to watch- I don't know if I could have had the patience and courage they did. And the footage of Martin Luther King Jr. was super interesting to watch as well.