Some three hundred civil rights pickets from Midwestern and Eastern Universities arrived in Washington on Wednesday, March 17, and started parading back and forth in front of the White House.
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Background: Some three hundred civil rights pickets from Midwestern and Eastern Universities arrived in Washington on Wednesday, March 17, and started parading back and forth in front of the White House. they then sat down and sang freedom songs until the bad weather forced most of them to leave about four hours later.
The sit-in technically was illegal because although picketing is allowed, sit-in are not. However, Washington police allowed the college students to sit on the sidewalk. The ground was covered with about three inches of icy slush along Pennyslvania Avenue.
The 300-students stayed there for about four hours. The demonstration sponsored by the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, will go on until the president takes the action they demand on renewed police violence in Alabama on Tuesday, March 16. They say they want to make sure it does not happen again, but they are unclear as to what they want the president to do.