Clipped From The Delta Democrat-Times
Generally Peaceful First Year Of 'Sit-ins' Ends With Drive Against Theatres By United Press International Southern Negro students finished finished a year of successful sit-in campaigning against segregation at the lunch counter today and began a drive on a new target -- Ihe segregated movie theater. The sit-in movement began a year ago yesterday at the F. W. Woolworth store at Greensboro, ' N. C. Young Negroes over Ihe South turned out in force lo commemorate commemorate Ihe start of their campaign campaign and try to buy tickets at theaters. There were a few arrests, but most of the theaters closed their box offices. Orderly March In Atlanta, an orderly march of 400 lo 1,500 Negro college students students thronged the downtown section. section. Police estimated the demonstrators demonstrators at 400 but their own leaders said 1,500. Edward C. King Jr., head olj the "Student Non-Violent Coordinating Coordinating Commitlee," said students had been asked to "rededicalc" themselves to the desegregation effort. "We have called for stand-ins at theaters throughout the South as our first move in the second phase of the student protest movement," movement," King said. He said Negroes planned to set up "revolving lines" at theatre theatre box offices. Each one refused a ticket will go to the rear of the line and wait to make another request. request. King said Ihis would keep whites from being able to buy movie tickets. Most motion picture theaters the larger Soulhern cities are; completely segregated. In small-! er towns the balconies generally are reserved for Negroes although although this practice is disappcar- Weather "FORECAST: Mostly cloudy through Jgriday. Occasional rain today'. Turning colder today, today, tonight and Friday. High today 5440; low lonight 30-36; high Friday 42-18. .The high temperature Wednesday Wednesday was 58 degrees, the low last nighl, Â«. The tempera tempera lure at 8:36 a. m. today was 51 degrees, according to weather observer Brodie Crump. Rainfall during the 2-l-hou; period measured .18 inch. mg. About 300 demonstrators tried lo buy tickets at five downtown theaters in Nashville, Tenn., yesterday. Nashville stores desegregated desegregated their lunch counters last year. I Negro college s t u d e iat Greensboro, N. C., succeeded n getting one of their number o a downtown theater. A light- skinned Negro girl was admitled, but the box office attendant apparently apparently thought she was white. Fifteen Negroes who sat in white section of a Hampton, Va., a'id theater refused at move to Ihe ba.cony seclion arrested. Ten Negroes were arrested Orangcburg. S.. C., Ncp,7ocs ed out handbills urging a of city buses.