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Posts Tagged ‘sit-ins’

Nazi-Trained German Shepherds Provide ‘Law, Order’

On March 27, 1961, nine black college students from Tougaloo College walked into the whites-only main branch of the Jackson public library, sat down and began reading books. The Tougaloo Nine — four women and five men, all members of a NAACP youth council — were arrested and charged with breach of peace, just as […]

Joan Mulholland: The Dean of Women Made Me Call Mom

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a freshman at Duke in the spring of 1960, and was actively involved in the local sit-in movement, something that she hadn’t shared with her parents until the university’s Dean of Women got involved. In Durham in 1960, we picketed pretty regularly, almost daily, and I was arrested twice at sit-ins. […]

Hank Thomas: My First Arrest

Like several black Freedom Riders who grew up in the south, Hank Thomas began protesting the status quo as a child. “Rebellion came natural to me,” he says in Breach of Peace, and goes to recount his earliest efforts, growing up in St. Augustine, FL. At around 9 or 10 he corrected the white insurance […]