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WSSU and WFU mark 60th anniversary of Winston-Salem sit-ins

On Feb. 23, 1960, a team of students from Winston-Salem State University had been accompanied by students from Wake Forest University to protest segregated meal counters in Winston-Salem.

The historical sit-in led to a desegregation agreement among local merchants when you look at the city later that springtime.

A community commemoration vigil will soon be held Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in downtown Winston-Salem to mark the 60th anniversary of the sit-in.  The big event is free and open to people.

The vigil begins at the Millennium Center and process towards spot of 4th and Liberty Streets, the place where a historical marker designates the website since the located area of the “First sit-in triumph in vermont.” Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson and  Wake woodland University President Nathan Hatch will open up the event and lead a Vigil of Remembrance. Wake Forest class of Divinity Dean Jonathan Walton can give a keynote target. The WSSU Singing Rams, led by D’walla Simmons-Burke, will perform.

Twenty-one stools is likely to be set up to recognize the pupils who took part in the sit-in more than half a hundred years ago. The University presidents will read the names.

Leading up to Feb. 23, activities on both campuses offer possibilities for learning and reflection as part of the week-long Legacies of Leadership series commemorating the 60th anniversary of Winston-Salem sit-ins. Several pupils from WSSU and WFU will travel together to your Global Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro. Winston-Salem State will host the yearly Heart & Soul Open Mic on WSSU’s campus, featuring person to person, a residential area poetry team, and students from WSSU, WFU and Winston-Salem Forsyth County institutes. The Open Mic occasion is available simply to the WSSU university community and participating schools.

The documentary “I’m Not my Brother’s Keeper: Leadership and civil-rights in Winston-Salem,” from Wake Forest professors Mary Dalton and Susan Faust, are shown in Wake Forest University’s Pugh Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. The general public is welcome to go to.

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