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villin: Nashville Lunch Counter Sit-Ins

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This past month I’ve dedicated myself to learning more about the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, which began in February of 1960. Moved by the process, I’ve made a two-part audio/video collage in tribute to the heroes who so greatly impacted our city (and nation).

Part one (released February 2, 2022) is titled “peace, quiet and good order,” while the second part (released February 27, 2022) is titled “one more step.” Respect and admiration go to Diane Nash, James Lawson, John Lewis, Bernard Lafayette, and all who have and continue to take it upon themselves to get into good trouble.

The music behind the series was made using Audacity and the Beatmaker 3 iPad app, sampling “Corrupted World” by Nashville’s Marion James. The video was edited in Premiere Pro, using audio and video from several historical sources: Sit-In, a 1960 documentary by Robert M. Young; an interview with John Lewis, from the Washington University Film and Media Archive; the “Nashville – We Were Warriors” segment from A Force More Powerful, a documentary from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; the PBS special titled, “John Lewis: Get in the Way”; this interview with James Lawson from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; and this uncredited video clip.