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75th Anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In – August 21, 1939

August 21, 2014

ax-tucker080702140717857175 years ago today, on August 21, 1939, Samuel W. Tucker organized probably the first sit-in of the American Civil Rights Movement at the public library on Queen Street in Alexandria, VA. Five young men were arrested: William Evans, Otto L. Tucker, Edward Gaddis, Morris Murray, and Clarence Strange; with a sixth, Robert Strange, serving as a lookout for Tucker who followed events from his office three blocks away at 901 Princess Street. Today, CPAP MPA student Janet Arrechea and I are participating in a celebration of the 75th Anniversary organized by the Alexandria Libraries. Here is the announcement:

Please join the Alexandria Library at the Barrett Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, on Thursday, August 21, 10a.m., to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the 1939 library sit-in. Keynote speakers will be Civil Rights Activist and Director of the African American Civil War Museum Frank W. Smith and NC Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) and newly appointed Civil Rights Commissioner Patricia Timmons-Goodson. Music provided by Doc Night and the Hypnotix and refreshments from Rocklands (BBQ).

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Here is a recent column about the Tucker and the sit-in by the Washington Post’s Patricia Shields.

Here are links to some of my other posts about Samuel W. Tucker’s remarkable legacy.

 

 

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