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.
GV EXT. Library building.
GV INT. Students at tables PAN to another negro student at table joined by negro girl student.
SV Negro girl talks to clerk at desk.
SV Police move in - look at students.
MV Police captains by student at table.
SV Students put on coats - leave library escorted by police.
SV EXT..Escorted from entrance.
SV Another angle of above group.
Initials TDH/S/AW TDH/S/JF/AW
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Background: 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.