Posts Tagged ‘Samuel W. Tucker’


S.W. Tucker Talk – Wednesday, April 6th

March 30, 2011

Remembering Civil Rights Pioneer

Samuel W. Tucker

A Conversation with Writer Stephen J. Ackerman and

Alexandria Black History Museum Director Louis Hicks

5:30-7:00pm – Wednesday, April 6th

Virginia Tech Alexandria Center

1021 Prince Street, 3rd Floor

Open to the Public!

Discuss the life and legacies of Alexandria-born Civil Rights pioneer Samuel W. Tucker with Louis Hicks, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, and Stephen J. Ackerman, who has written extensively about Tucker and his role in the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In.

Background  material:

S. J. Ackerman. 2000. “The Trials of S.W. Tucker.” Washington Post Magazine. June 11.

Alexandria Black History Museum, “America’s First Sit Down Strike: The 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in.”

Co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs Politics and Planning Speaker Series, the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, and the Urban Affairs and Planning Diversity Speakers’ Series.


August 21, 1939

August 21, 2010

Seventy-one 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 event and the too-little-heralded Civil Rights pioneer who made it happen!


Remembering Samuel Tucker

March 8, 2010

Civil 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 Arlington National Cemetery.


Samuel Tucker

March 7, 2009

Alexandria Library, Queen Street, 1939

Alexandria Library, Queen Street, 1939

The Washington Post recently published a piece on the 1939 sit-in at the Alexandria Public Library on Queen Street, and a bit about the remarkable career of sit-in organizer Samuel Tucker (who in 2000 became the namesake of Tucker Elementary School in Alexandria).