One of the biggest issues of the 1950s-1960s was civil rights. African Americans were discriminated in many different ways. African Americans stood up for what they believed in. Some actions they did were singing, sitting in at restaurants, and sitting where they wanted on the bus'. I believe one of the most memorable things about the Nashville non-violent direct action was the sit-ins at the restaurants. When the college students took a stance like that it really showed how powerful the youth can be in a process like this. Even though many of them got arrested for this they stood their ground. These sit-ins showed how important it was to not discriminate against them. In addition too when Martin Luther King Jr. got arrested at one of the sit-ins. Kennedy called the judge to get him out of jail. This was a powerful action. These small sit-ins in Nashville might have seemed like a minor thing to the local people but it was actually making progress for this movement. One person I believe made a good impact on the film was Dianne. Dianne when asking the mayor asked a very important question, " do you feel it is wrong to discriminate against a person?" She raised an important things that needed to be asked. The Mayors response was surprising but pleasant, that he felt that it was wrong to discriminate.
There are many things that can be learned from this movement. One thing I believe that can be learned from this movement is how important is to stay true to what you believe in. Everyone in Nashville stayed true to what really was important and they made a huge impact. The thing that stands out to me most in this film is the students. The students really helped shape the face of America. The thing that made this movement work is the faith they always had that one day they would gain freedom. For example when they were in the jail singing they sang about freedom even though they were locked up. Faith is really what kept this movement alive.
John Lewis was a politician leader for the civil rights. He was a representative for Georgia's 5th district. John Lewis played a key role in the segregation and was apart of the student sit ins. He was apart of the Big Six Civil Rights leaders. He also was apart of the bus boycotts that were formed. He really strived for the stopping of segregation in city transportation.