Join Alabama State University for a most historic event for the last week of Black History Month at a special news conference being held on Monday (Feb. 25), at 1:30 p.m on what is the 59th anniversary (to the day) of the world famous 1960 ASU Student-Led “1960 Lunch Counter Sit-In Protest,” which occurred at the Montgomery County Courthouse’s cafeteria.
NOTE: It may be viewed as it occurs on LiveStream at the following link: https://vimeo.com/318544555
Historical Note: On Feb. 25, 1960 – Alabama State University (then ‘College’) students staged a peaceful, non-violent, protest against the racially-segregated lunch counter at the Montgomery County Courthouse cafeteria, which was the State’s first civil rights “sit-down” protest.
President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. (Photo credit: David Campbell/Alabama State University)
LEADERS TO PRESENT RESOLUTIONS TO ASU PRESIDENT
At the news conference on Feb. 25, presentations of resolutions passed by both the Montgomery County Commission and the Montgomery City Council (through the historical and scholarly assistance of ASU’s Dr. Derryn Moten) will be presented to ASU President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. Both County Commission Chairman Elton Dean, Sr. and Mayor Todd Strange will speak and present the passed resolutions acknowledging the “wrongs from the past” in which ASU students were arrested and prosecuted by the City (and in some cases expelled from school by the state of Alabama) for their participation in peaceful demonstrations for equality and freedom at the County Courthouse and whose only goal was to allow African-Americans the right – under the law – to eat in any restaurant at any seat or table.
Fred Gray (r) in 1955 with Rosa Parks and E.D. Nixon as he represents her before the court for failing to give-up her seat on a segregated Montgomery City bus.
FAMOUS CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER & ICON – FRED GRAY – TO ATTEND
Also, at the event, the world-acclaimed civil rights attorney Fred Gray (Alabama State University alumnus, class of 1951) who represented Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many of the movement’s most famous people and cases before the Federal bench and the U.S. Supreme Court (and also who was involved in this case) will be present to speak.
Some of the ASU students involved in the 1960 Sit-in.
ASU STUDENTS EXPELLED FOR 1960 PEACEFUL PROTEST
The nine expelled Alabama State University (then college) students who were unfairly disciplined for their participation in the ASU student-led “1960 Lunch Counter Sit-In Protest” because of the segregated Montgomery County Courthouse’s cafeteria were: : Bernard Lee of Norfolk, Virginia; St. John Dixon of National City, California; Edward E. Jones of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Leon Rice of Chicago, Illinois; Howard Shipman of New York, New York; Elroy Emory of Ragland, Alabama; James McFadden of Prichard, Alabama; Joseph Peterson of Newcastle, Alabama, and Marzette Watts of Montgomery, Alabama.