Remembering Samuel Tucker

February 23, 2010

Samuel W. Tucker

In the VT Northern Virginia Center newsletter, in honor of Black History Month, my first (and only?) foray into historical biography. This short article on the 1939 Queen Street Library Sit-in organized by Civil Rights pioneer Samuel W. Tucker is drawn from a truly excellent article by local historian S.J. Ackerman. With the commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Greensboro sit-ins, it’s useful to keep in mind that these were not isolated instances of protest. The story of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. is a story of decades of protest and resistance by people like Tucker – principled, creative, determined (often too little remembered) individuals who dedicated their lives to ending racial discrimination.



  1. Excellent reminder that the Civil Rights movement began long before the famous confrontations in Greensboro, Birmingham and elsewhere, led by remarkably unselfish pioneers like S.W. Tucker.

  2. […] Rights pioneer and organizer of the first sit-in of the Civil Rights movement in the United States, Samuel W. Tucker is buried with his brother George D. Tucker in […]

  3. […] years ago today Samuel W. Tucker (1913-1990) organized the first sit-in of the American Civil Rights movement in the public library on Queen Street in Alexandria, VA. Take a moment to learn about this historic […]

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