Nation: The Nashville Lesson

In sympathy for the Freedom Riders, 24 students (four of them white) from Tennessee colleges last week picketed Nashville's bus terminal. They carried the now familiar placards (DEMOCRACY AND SEGREGATION DON'T Mix). But the demonstration was purely symbolic. As the students well knew, the Nashville terminal had been integrated for months without fanfare or violence.

In similarly silent fashion, integration has come to Nashville's schools, to its department-store lunch counters, downtown theaters, golf courses, libraries, and airport. Although located in a border state, Nashville is in many senses a Deep South city. It is not necessarily a placid place. Says a race-relations...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!