Please Do Not Patronize the Campus Grill
Booklet calling for boycott of The Campus Grill in Nashville, Tennessee. In October 1963, Lorine Chan, a student from Fiji who attended Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee, was refused entrance to a local eatery, The Campus Grill, which was located across the street from the Joint University Center shared by Scarritt, Vanderbilt University, and Peabody College. The restaurant became the focus of a student-led boycott that spread across the campuses of all three schools. This flyer was produced in November after a letter-writing campaign and discussions with the business’s management failed to desegregate the Grill. On November 6, students called for a boycott and began to picket the restaurant. The demonstrations went from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day for 2 ½ weeks. However, during the protests a second Campus Grill location opened that maintained the same segregationist policy. When the protests threatened to escalate, Nashville’s mayor negotiated a settlement that called for the desegregation of both Campus Grill locations on January 1, 1964.