50th Anniversary of New Orleans Sit-In Protests

This month marks the 50th anniversary of sit-in protests at the lunch counters of McCrory’s and Woolworth’s on Canal Street.  As noted in a recent article in The Times-Picayune, and in Kim Lacy Rogers’ book Righteous Lives:  Narratives of the New Orleans Civil Rights Movement, though the demonstrators adhered to the nonviolent philosophy of the mainstream Civil Rights Movement, ardent segregationists were often violent in response.  Demonstrators had pepper blown in their faces, coffee and ammonia poured on their heads, and were assaulted in the streets.  New Orleans lunchcounters were slower to desegregate than most Southern cities, and picketing and sit-in demonstrations went on for over two years. 

Posted by Andrew Salinas

(From the Constance B. Harse papers, Amistad Research Center.  Images may not be reproduced without permission.)

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