Today in 1961: A U.S. Supreme Court decision outlaws the use of disorderly conduct statutes as grounds for arresting African Americans sitting in at segregated public facilities to obtain equal service.
The case began in Louisiana, where a group of negro Southern University students bought some items, then sat at the lunch counter of Kress Department Store. Their polite requests to order food were ignored because the lunch counter was only for the use of whites, and police arrived to arrest them.
Convicted of “disturbing the peace,” they were expelled from Southern University and barred from all public colleges and universities in the state of Louisiana. The Court overturned their convictions because there was no evidence indicating a breach of the peace.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, Rock County Progressives host Representative Chris Taylor of the 76th assembly district, speaking on how the protection of First Amendment rights in Wisconsin is necessary and crucial for remedying the problems in state government. This is tonight at 6pm at Basics Natural Foods, 1711 Lodge Drive in Janesville. This is an independent event not affiliated with Basics. More info at rockcountyprogressives.org.
You are invited to attend the Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative Annual Members Meeting this Saturday, December 14th. This year’s meeting will likely determine the fate of the cooperative and there will be important votes. Only current members are eligible to vote. Please establish your membership by December 13th, one day in advance of the meeting. The meeting is this Saturday at 2pm at the bookstore, 426 West Gilman. For more info call 608-257-6050.