Janette Hoston Harris with her jail identification bracelet
Opposed sit- ins as threat to university... Expelled protesters Southern President Felton G. Clark
Southern students fill out withdrawal slips Withdraw or stay in school?
Scholars recognize as distinct and significant phase of Civil Rights Movement No more second class citizenship Inspired others to act via non-violent direct action Accelerated pace of social change New and younger class of black leaders Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee Led to court cases that helped overturn segregation Importance of Sit-Ins
U.S. Supreme Court... overturned convictions of students for disturbing the peace affirmed the principle that a licensed public business could not discriminate or operate in a segregated fashion. Garner vs. Louisiana December 1961 Thurgood Marshall & A. P. Tureaud
Exceptional Significance Only four years shy of 50 year threshold Civil Rights Movement is “period of time which can be logically examined together.”— Bulletin 22 Sit-In Movement and Baton Rouge Sit-Ins are subjects of scholarly study. Movement called “watershed in the history of black protest” in U.S.
Kress Building of Exceptional Significance to Louisiana and eligible for National Register