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Fighting Their Own BattlesMexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas$
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Brian D. Behnken

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834787

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877876_behnken

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Nothing but Victory Can Stop Us

Nothing but Victory Can Stop Us

Direct Action and Political Action in the Early 1960s

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Fighting Their Own Battles

Brian D. Behnken

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the sit-in protests by black Texans at segregated lunch counters and other public facilities. Students, ministers, lawyers, young, old, men, and women participated in the demonstrations. They followed the example of four youths from Greensboro, North Carolina, whose sit-ins in February of that year sparked a national movement. The Houston Forward Times, a black weekly, reported that protesters arrived at segregated lunch counters in the Bayou City and “in less than 30 minutes, 1) The white customers departed 2) The waitresses walked away . . . and a ‘closed counter’ sign was posted 3) Negroes then occupied all 30 of the counter's seats and the sit-in strikes rampaging across the south for nearly 40 days had arrived in Houston.” Other cities followed suit.

Keywords:   sit-in protests, black Texans, segregated lunch counters, national movement, Bayou City, sit-in strikes

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