Center to Host Video and Discussion of Nashville Sit-Ins

1/11/11 ASHLAND, OH -- "When people decide they want to be free... there is nothing that can stop them" says Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu... and this was definitely the case in 1960 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence will be hosting a video and discussion of the Nashville Sit-Ins on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium, located on Ashland University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

For five months in 1960, sit-ins were staged at storefronts throughout the business district of Nashville, Tenn. The sit-ins were a campaign of nonviolence in action, and the training people went through will be an object of attention in the video.

The 30-minute video is one segment of "A Force More Powerful," a PBS premiered series based on the book of the same name by Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall. The film includes interviews with participants on both sides of this astounding event in civil rights history. Written, produced and directed by Steve York, "A Force More Powerful" is a production of York Zimmerman Inc.  Steve York also produced a number of films and television programs including the documentary on the demonstrations that followed the 2004 stolen election in Ukraine, "Orange Revolution."

Taking place on the day after Martin Luther King Day, the discussion is part of the regular Third Tuesday programming of CAN, which explores the history, theory and practice of nonviolence. For more information on the film and nonviolent conflict, go to<>.

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence, located on the campus of Ashland University, is committed to exploring and promoting alternatives to violence in ourselves, our families, our communities and our world. The center is committed to finding choices when there seem to be none, as well as answering the seemingly unanswerable question, "What else can we do?" For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, call 419-289-5313 or visit the center online at<>.

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