Several Texas Southern University’s School of Communication students and faculty will participate in a seven block civil rights style march today at noon to commemorate the 48th anniversary of Houston’s first lunch counter sit-in, organized and carried out by TSU students on March 4, 1960.
The seven-block march will begin symbolically from the same flag pole that students gathered around in 1960 and will follow the exact rout as the original marchers followed. The marchers will be a mix of TSU students and faculty.
“As we head to the polls for the Texas Primary, this is an ideal time to recognize those individuals who fought for fair voting practices and the integration of Houston,” said Serbino Sandifer-Walker, a TSU journalism professor.
There are several reasons why this event is being organized. One is to commemorate the 48th anniversary of Houston’s first lunch counter sit-in, organized and carried out by TSU students in 1960. Another is to recognize the contributions that TSU students made in the integration of the city of Houston. And finally this event is being held to encourage Houstonians to vote on March 4. One of the goals of the student organizers of 1960 was to fight for fair voting practices.
“It was a culmination of all the student activities from around the nation and legal maneuvers that ultimately led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” said Sandifer-Walker. “That law brought an end to segregation and unfair voting practices. Today, people must vote and remember how far this country has come since 1964.” Visit www.houstonstudentmovement.com for more about the TSU students’ role in the Houston Civil Rights Movement.