HOUSTON – Throughout the years, there have been protests and activism in the city’s history, some events dating back to the early 1900s with mother’s lobbying for compulsory education, public kindergartens and stricter child labor laws.
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While some demonstrations were peaceful, other events consisted of riots that led to deaths. Here are 11 events that happened over the years.
1960: Houston’s First Sit-in
On March 4, 1960, 13 students from Texas Southern University (TSU) started a non-violent movement protesting Jim Crow Laws. On March 4, 1960, the 13 students marched in pairs one mile to Weingarten’s Supermarket (4110 Almeda Road) with the objective of being served at the lunch counter. Dozens more joined them.
Though white employees refused to serve the students and patrons hurled insults at them, they sat there silently for hours, occupying all 30 counter stools in shifts. More sit-ins occurred over the following days and weeks. The sit-ins ended with the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
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