The Texas Sit-Ins: Civil Rights Video Series

The Texas Sit-Ins: Civil Rights Video Series

The Conservation Society of San Antonio, in partnership with the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, presents a three-video series on the lunch counter sit-ins of 1960. Led by African American students engaging in direct action, this movement sought to end racial segregation at public eating places across the South. These videos tell the story of the Texas protests and how San Antonio achieved the first peaceful, voluntary integration of the national sit-in movement.

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The Texas Sit-Ins, 1960

Beginning in February, young African Americans helped re-energize the national Civil Rights Movement.  Through peaceful sit-ins, they protested racial discrimination at public lunch counters across the South.  Texas students quickly took up the cause and led freedom struggles that played out in their state’s big cities and college towns.

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San Antonio, 1960: A Quiet Revolution

Mary Lillian Andrews led the local NAACP Youth Council at the age of seventeen.  Her request that store managers integrate their lunch counters produced the first peaceful, voluntary integration of the 1960 sit-in movement.  San Antonio, Texas became a brief beacon of hope to a nation torn by racial strife.

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Sites Set on Freedom: San Antonio’s Civil Rights Legacy

Take a virtual tour of the places connected to San Antonio’s remarkable 1960 lunch counter integration: the first seven stores, the one that held out, and the hall where Jackie Robinson spoke. All are in and around Alamo Plaza, site of the historic Mission San Antonio de Valero and Alamo fort, where the ongoing human quest for freedom has played out over three centuries.

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This free video series, “Woolworth and Civil Rights: A First in the South,” is made possible in part by grants from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and World Monuments Fund (WMF).

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these videos do not necessarily represent those at Humanities Texas or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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