Interview with Rev. James Lawson
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

IN NASHVILLE AT THE TIME, CAN YOU GO INTO JUST BRIEFLY THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FROM THE TIME THAT THE CITY LEADERSHIP OF NASHVILLE FIRST STARTED PAYING ATTENTION TO SIT-INS? WHAT WAS THEIR FIRST RESPONSE?

Rev. James Lawson:

Oh, I can tell you very quickly. When the first, if I remember correctly, the first sit-in in Nashville was December, I mean, rather, February 13th 1960 if I recall correctly, that was the first sit-in. And their first response was, well it's only college students and it's like a panty raid in the universities with the fraternities, and it'll soon disappear. That was their first response. And so as a consequence the police were very evident and they protected the sit-ins in Nashville the first weeks.