Food for Thought: Nashville Sit-ins

The fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 happens this week. Signed July 2, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the act outlawed ingrained forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, and national and religious minorities. It also ended strict and biased voter registration requirements and public segregation in schools, at the workplace, and general public facilities like pools and libraries. This series will explore this landmark act and the events leading up to it in photographs taken throughout the South during this turbulent time.

13 demonstrators outside B&W Cafeteria.
13 demonstrators outside B&W Cafeteria.
Young woman sit-in demonstrator stands stoic.
Young woman sit-in demonstrator stands stoic.
Tic Toc employees try to barricade restaurant to demonstrators.
Herschel’s Tic Toc employees try to barricade restaurant to demonstrators.
Young demonstrator thrown out of Tic Toc restaurant.
Young demonstrator thrown out of Herschel’s Tic Toc restaurant.