1966 – Civil Rights marchers in Mississippi were dispersed by tear gas.


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On June 23rd. One week after the arrival of the Meredith March, a group of students try to purchase tickets in the downstairs “white” section of the movie theater. When they are not allowed to buy tickets, they sit down on the sidewalk in front of the theater. Fifteen are arrested, including SCLC staff member Jim Bulloch who is charged with “inciting to riot.”

This incident revives interest in the movement that had been fading due to the discouragement of the double-registration trick. Now that the students (who are too young to vote) are involved, their courage and energy inspires the adults.