Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

February 21, 2010

Thurs 2/25 * When the Walls of Segregation Toppled: Fifty Years Since the Civil Rights Sit-Ins

Filed under: Articles, ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:09 pm

When the Walls of Segregation Toppled:
Fifty Years Since the Civil Rights Sit-Ins

Thursday, 2/25 at 7:30pm
Hamilton Hall 304

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February 1, 1960- When four students from A&T College sat down at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, they had no idea that their action would initiate the largest mass movement for civil rights in the twentieth century. The sit-in movement kicked off a wave of civil rights actions that led to the destruction of Jim Crow segregation. In doing so, young people challenged not only white racists, but also established civil rights leaders and organizations.

More than a year has passed since the country’s first Black president was elected into office. Many years have passed since the Civil Rights movement. Yet we still live in a racially segregated society. Public Education is under attack, as demonstrated by the decision to close 19 NYC schools with large Black and Latino populations, and the decision to raise tuition at CUNY schools and implement wage freezes for CUNY faculty. Come to a discussion about the history of the civil rights sit-ins, and the lessons we can draw and apply to our struggle today.

SPEAKER: Brian Jones is a NYC public school teacher, actor and activist. He is a columnist for and is the author of a number of articles on the Civil Rights Movement, including:

When the Walls of Segregation Toppled:
Martin Luther King’s Last Fight:
The King They Won’t Celebrate:

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