• Short Summary

    POLICE ARRESTED OVER 50 RACIAL DEMONSTRATORS IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE THIRD DAY OF RACIAL VIOLENCE IN THE CITY.

  • Description

    POLICE ARRESTED OVER 50 RACIAL DEMONSTRATORS IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE THIRD DAY OF RACIAL VIOLENCE IN THE CITY.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS, MOSTLY NEGRO STUDENTS, ASSEMBLED IN THE MORNING AT A CHURCH WHERE THEY CONFERRED HASTILY WITH THE POLICE, WHO AGREED NOT TO USE TRUNCHEONS IF THE DEMONSTRATORS DID NOT RESIST ARREST. THEN THE GROUP MARCHED DOWN THE MAIN STREET, ESCORTED BY POLICE WHO ARRESTED TWO WHITE HECKLERS AND KEPT OTHERS OUT OF THE WAY. THE TARGET WAS A CAFETERIA, ONE OF THE FEW RESTAURANTS IN NASHVILLE THAT IS STILL SEGREGATED.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS WERE REFUSED ADMISSION TO THE CAFETERIA AND PROMPTLY STAGED A SIT-DOWN DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE. POLICE, ACTING UNDER A COURT ORDER BARRING INTERFERENCE WITH THE RESTAURANT'S BUSINESS, BEGAN ARRESTING THEM.

    THE FIRST PERSON ARRESTED WAS JOHN LEWIS, A DEMONSTRATION LEADER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL STUDENT NON-VIOLENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE, A NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP. THEN THE VIOLENCE BROKE OUT AS THE DEMONSTRATORS REFUSED TO BE LOADED INTO POLICE WAGONS.

    POLICE DRAGGED THEM OFF USING TRUNCHEONS IN THE SCUFFLING THAT FOLLOWED. AT LEAST ONE GIRL WAS INJURED. SHE SCREAMED "DON'T LEAVE ME, DON'T LEAVE ME", AS SHE WAS PLACED ON A STRETCHER. EVENTUALLY MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED.

    MOST OF NASHVILLE'S RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, AND CINEMAS HAVE BEEN INTEGRATED DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS. THE CITY IS REGARDED AS THE HOME OF THE SIT-IN MOVEMENT, THE SIT-IN DEMONSTRATION HAVING FIRST RECEIVED WIDESPREAD USE THERE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACR2MN57RATYL8AYBWL7T6SDE9
    Media URN:
    VLVACR2MN57RATYL8AYBWL7T6SDE9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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