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Lunch & Learn: The Dockum Drugstore Sit-In

Eisenhower Presidential Library

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT

Telephone: 617-675-4444‬ (PIN: ‪511 045 556 7306#)
[Please join 10 minutes early so the program may begin on time.)


The Dockum Drugstore Sit-In

In July 1958, Black students gathered at downtown Wichita’s Dockum Drugstore to stage a peaceful protest against the unequal practice of segregation. Tired of being denied access to the city’s movie theaters and restaurants, students took action and turned their attention to the lunch counter at the popular drugstore. What happened during the three-week sit-in? What caused it to end? And why was its importance recognized by so few at the time? This presentation discusses the details of the sit-in, explores how these protests helped transform the struggle for racial equality in America, and considers contemporary non-violent protests. Presented by Prisca Barnes. Prisca is the founder of Storytime Village, a nonprofit that promotes reading among low-income children.

The 2020 Lunch & Learn series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation and the Union Pacific Foundation.

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