United Street Tours

United Street Tours

African American History Tour – The Sit-In & Civil Rights

African American History Tour – The Sit-In & Civil Rights


Nashville tour exploring the historic sites and inspiring stories of the civil rights movement on a walking tour of Nashville.


Beyond its renowned reputation as a lively party destination, downtown Nashville holds a fascinating secret waiting to be discovered—its rich civil rights history.

Join our Nashville walking tour as we trace the steps of inspirational leaders from historically black colleges and universities. These influential figures brought their knowledge and enthusiasm to the forefront of the fight for equality.

On this Nashville walking tour, you’ll explore the legendary impact of civil rights leader John Lewis, who studied at the American Baptist Theological Seminary (now American Baptist College) and later became a U.S. congressman. Inspired by the nonviolent resistance, he organized sit-ins and protests to combat racial segregation. Join our Nashville tour to delve into his remarkable contributions.

Diane Nash was another well-known leader and a fearless activist for equal rights. Diane Nash attended Fisk University, a notable historically black university in Nashville. On this walking tour of Nashville you’ll witness, how she actively participated in the sit-in movement while she was still a college student. She later went on to help plan the Freedom Rides, which opposed segregation on interstate buses.

You’ll also explore the legacy of James Lawson, a well-known civil rights activist and supporter of nonviolent protest. On this Nashville walking tour, you’ll dive into James Lawson’s pursuit for inclusion and equality in Nashville. While studying Gandhi’s writings, he rose to the leader of nonviolent activist training, influencing a generation of movement leaders.

The historically black colleges and universities in Nashville fostered both intellectual development and activism. Future civil rights leaders were nurtured at Fisk University, Tennessee State University, and Meharry Medical College, among other institutions. At this institutions students got engaged in empowerment, community engagement, social responsibility, in addition to becoming educated.

The students and leaders from these colleges organized sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, marched for voting rights, and fought for desegregation in schools and public spaces. Their bravery and unwavering dedication made Nashville a hub of civil rights activity, earning it the nickname “the Athens of the South.”

On this Nashville walking tour, you’ll explore how these visionary leaders and the countless activists they inspired helped dismantle racial segregation and paved the way for a more inclusive society. Their efforts in Nashville’s civil rights movement contributed significantly to the nationwide pursuit for inclusion, equality, and justice.

This tour of Nashville’s civil rights story is a testament to the power of education, activism, and the collective action against injustice. The legacy of these leaders and the historically black colleges they attended continues to inspire future generations in their ongoing pursuit of equality for all.


    • Engage in active discussions, immersive storytelling, and hands-on experiences that creates a memorable and interactive Nashville tour.
    • Discover lesser-known historical sites and hear captivating stories from a knowledgeable tour guide, providing unique local insights into Nashville’s Black history.
    • Participate in open discussions and dialogue, promoting cultural understanding and empathy through thought-provoking conversations on this Nashville walking tour.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of the historical context and impact of Nashville’s Black community and the civil rights movement through informative and educational narratives.
    • Contribute to the local community by supporting local businesses and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion by joining this walking tour of Nashville.


    • This Nashville tour will proceed rain or shine.
    • Walking tour stops are subject to potential modifications without prior notification, ensuring the highest quality route and relevance of the tour content.
    • Children under the age of 4 can join the walking tour free of charge. Maximum of two children per adult under policy  to maintain a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.

The name of this tour has changed to the Civil Rights Tour of Nashville. Click here to book now.

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