Fifty years ago, students from historically Black Tougaloo College staged a sit-in at a lunchcounter in a Woolworth’s store in Jackson, Mississippi. The students were beaten by a White mob.
Recently, Jackson State University and Tougaloo College hosted a reception at which a historic marker was placed at the site of the old Woolworth’s store.
Carolyn W. Meyers, president of Jackson State University, stated, “The fearless students and activists of the 1960s are to always be commended for the sacrifices they made for the sake of equality. Their story is rich and full of lessons that should not be overlooked by today’s youth.”