• Short Summary

    Nine Negro students defied a strict segregation rule at the library in Jackson, Mar 27, and carried out the first "sit-in" demonstration in the State of Mississippi.

  • Description

    Nine Negro students defied a strict segregation rule at the library in Jackson, Mar 27, and carried out the first "sit-in" demonstration in the State of Mississippi.

    They entered the library and went quietly to reading tables and card catalogues, but within fifteen minutes police arrived, questioned them, and arrested all nine for violating a 196 segregation law.

    The students - from Tougaloo Christian College - refused to be bailed and are remaining in custody until their trial later this week. Conviction could carry a four months prison sentence and a two-hundred dollar fine.

    Mississippi has experienced only one other anti-segregation activity. Last year, Negroes tried to use a beach generally reserved for white bathers near Biloxi.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA87A9GIR6GLFN6S0J6K9CFS1F8
    Media URN:
    VLVA87A9GIR6GLFN6S0J6K9CFS1F8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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