The college students in Nashville, Tennessee, used non-violent direct-action to create a stir in the city, leading to the eventual desegregation of the city. To think that individuals my age leading such a large movement- it sends chills down my spine. They did this through a series of sit-ins at "white only" diners and restaurants, and through boycotts of the downtown merchants and shopping district. To use such subtle planning to set a chain-reaction of human nature in motion is an awe-inspiring deed. My favorite source in the movie was Diane Nash, who at the tender age of 18, called the mayor of Nashville out in public, leading to his approval of desegregation.
As the boycotts continued into neighboring states in the deep south, the racial tensions sharply increased, and white supremacists felt it was their "moral" obligation to stop those, African American or sympathetic white, who protested the unequal treatment of an individual who had different colored skin. One of the most memorable quotes for me, was when the governor of Alabama, John Patterson said, "We can't guarantee the safety of fools- and that's that these people are. Fools." Who would have thought that someone was "foolish" for trying to obtain equal treatment- it truly is not an unreasonable request.