Houston NAACP honors TSU students from 1960 sit-in protest against segregation

HOUSTON – On this day, more than 60 years ago a group of Texas Southern University sparked a movement that would lead to desegregation in our city within a year.

On Thursday, members of the community honored this moment in history with a march and a new call for justice.

On March 4, 1960, the brave students from Texas Southern University marched to the Weingarten’s grocery store, sat down at the counter and asked to be served. It was the first sit-in protest in Houston.

Many students took part in Thursday’s march.

“It took bravery to do that, especially at that time. So, the least we can do is to come together and honor what they did,” Javion Cox said.

Several groups like Pure Justice were proud to be a part of the movement.

“To make sure we are focusing on those issues which plague us like racism that’s embedded into our institutions and policies,” said Sasha Legette, executive director of Pure Justice.

Supporters also called for justice and to keep fighting for several issues like equality, economic opportunities, and discrimination.