The Strength Behind The Nonviolent Student Movement

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The Strength Behind the Nonviolent Student Movement Ideas of nonviolent direct action, largely influenced by Gandhi’s actions in India earlier, spread throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The combination of love and protest, as advocated by new young leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., inspired many numbers of people, including the student masses. This direct confrontational action, combined with the poise exhibited by participatory activists, inflamed racial tensions and through this brought to national and global attention the reality of violent racism in the United States and particularly the south. The Southern students sit-in movement of 1960, and the subsequent formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee, was influential to the civil rights movement as a whole in that it, through a series of preexisting networks established by members of the long civil rights movement, tapped into and harnessed the power of the valuable student population and allowed them as a group to work as a strong and valuable force within the civil rights movement as a whole. Though the sit in movement and the SNCC were not the first mobilization of the student population, it was by far the largest and one of the most important and influential acts in the civil rights movement involving this demographic. Two cities that served as important nonviolent activism centers were Nashville and Greensboro. Nashville was a divided city that, like many other cities involved in the movement,
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