May 28, 1963: Tougaloo College students begin sit-ins at Woolworth’s in Jackson

The students started the direct action protest in response to Jackson mayor Allen Thompson’s rejection of desegregation demands. Hostile crowds heckled and beat the students who were refused service and aid. White Tougaloo chaplain Ed King and sociology professor John Salter also participated in the protests. More than 50 college and high school students were arrested.

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