I think the movie about Nashville's non-violent, direct-action approach to desegregation was very powerful. The students that were involved were courageous and are the one's who eventually took things into their own hands. It all began when a group of black students went into a restaurant and sat there. They went two weeks without any incidents and then gangs emerged and got themselves involved. They beat the black students and the police did not get involved. I think the blacks knew that things would get bad but they were prepared to remain true to their non-violent commitment. Those black students were arrested and waves of them continued to come into the restaurant to take their places. From this point on things continued to get bad, but they never once gave up their fight.
I think the most memorable part was when it was said, "When the marchers came closer to town, it was silent except for the sound of feet." This is when Diane Nash asked the Mayor if he thought it was wrong to discriminate against a person solely based on their skin color. And admitted, Yes, it is wrong. This was the main turning point and the most memorable one. The whole story was educational. I didn't know this went on for so long and everything that went into it. There were a lot of people involved and a lot of people who really helped the blacks fight for their rights.
There were also a lot of good sources in the story. Diane Nash interested me because she explained her experiences in a way that it felt like you were there. And she was only eighteen years old when all of this was happening, it was really good to see someone her age fight for what she believes in. I'm not sure you'd see people come together like that these days. All of the people that witnessed and were involved with this had good stories to tell. When Jim Zwerg, a freedom rider, beaten and in his hospital bed said, "We're going to keep coming until we can ride from one place in the south to another place in the south, until we can do it without any comments. We are American Citizens." It's really amazing that he, and many others that had been badly beaten, would die for their rights and freedom.