Counter Histories

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Five short films that document the civil disobedience staged at segregated lunch counters in the 1950s and 60s.

  • Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School | Resource Types: Films

counterhistoriesCounter Histories is a stunning website on the lunch counter sit-ins, bringing the history to life with with historic film clips, interviews with movement veterans and historians, and timelines.

Counter Histories encourages viewers to think beyond the demonstrations of the 1950s and 1960s. Visitors see and hear protesters talk about how their actions set the stage for a relatively integrated Southern present. Historians ground these events in the broader Civil Rights Movement. Activists talk, fifty years later, talk about how they leveraged moral authority to practice nonviolence and achieve desegregation.

counterstories_filmsEach of the five films in Counter Histories tells the story of a lunch counter sit-in in one Southern city or town: Jackson, Mississippi; Nashville, Tennessee; Rock Hill, South Carolina; Durham, North Carolina; and Cambridge, Maryland (see clip below). The events featured in these films took place between 1957 and 1963. [Website’s description.]

Produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance with Kate Medley.

 

 

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