|Sunday, May 26, 2013|
|The Accidental Advocate|
By Tony Gonzalez|
The story of Jim Zwerg’s involvement with the civil rights movement begins with a twist.
a white exchange student from Wisconsin arriving for his first day at
historically black Fisk University in January 1961, he found students
performing a new dance craze and asked them what it was.
said it was ‘The Twist,’ ” Zwerg recalls. “The Wisconsin twist was a
flat-footed dance. These kids are lifting legs and spinnin’ around and
doing all kinds of gyrations. They started showing me how I could do
some of that.”
They turned out to be members of the
Nashville movement, a group of students who were fighting segregation
through peaceful demonstrations. They had successfully integrated
Nashville lunch counters the year before. He would have to earn his
place among them.
Read the full story at Tennessean.com.
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