Tom Little
"Nashville Is Ashamed"
The Tennessean, April 20, 1960
Tom Little Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
On April 19, 1960, at 5:30am, an assailant threw a pack of dynamite from his car into the home of NAACP attorney and civil rights leader Z. Alexander Looby in north Nashville. Looby had been representing in court the black protesters who had been charged in the lunch counter sit-ins. As a member of the Nashville City Council, Looby had also petitioned the city government to pass civil rights statutes. Neither Looby nor his family was seriously injured in the attack, but their home was destroyed.