• Short Summary

    A crowd estimated at 3,000 thronged the court-house in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, February 29, when trials began for 76 Negro and 4 white Americans, who were arrested February 26 during a demonstration aimed at segregated lunch counters.

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    A crowd estimated at 3,000 thronged the court-house in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, February 29, when trials began for 76 Negro and 4 white Americans, who were arrested February 26 during a demonstration aimed at segregated lunch counters.

    While they waited, the negroes sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and the American National Anthem.

    As the trial began, Judge John Harris ordered the court-room cleared and bailiffs used loudspeakers to call witnesses from the crowd outside.

    At the end of the first day, two Negroes and one white student had been fined a total of 160 dollars for disorderly conduct.

    Police were brought into action in twenty American southern cities February 27-28, by threats of racial violence and rioting. Throughout the South, Negro university students have allied themselves with protests against segregation at the lunch counters, whereby coloured people cannot be served sitting at the counter, they have to stand.

    Demonstrations against segregated lunch counters began in Wichita, Kansas, in 1958. Gradually more and more stores adopted this system, resulting in the present rash of widely scattered but dangerous outbursts of protestation in the Deep South. Only the skilful conduct of the police, combining firmness with restraint, has so far managed to prevent serious fighting in the streets of several large cities, and explosions of racial turbulence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7PU5KRS9LY0R70Z8HNR1ULE1Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA7PU5KRS9LY0R70Z8HNR1ULE1Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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