On March 18, 1960, seven students from Owen Junior College, determined to join Africa-American college students throughout the South in the fight against racial segregation, sat at the lunch counter of McClellan’s Variety Store Downtown.
The next day, 36 students from LeMoyne College and Owen Junior College participated in sit-ins at Cossitt and Peabody public libraries in a further effort to desegregate public facilities in Memphis. They were arrested, along with five African-American journalists covering the events.
The bravery and determination of those students is honored in a Tennessee state historical marker on the LeMoyne-Owen College campus, between Brownlee Hall and the Hollis F. Price Library, at 807 Walker Ave.
The official dedication of the marker will be part of the college’s Black History Month Chapel at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Metropolitan Baptist Church at 767Walker Ave.
Dr. Douglas Scarboro, senior vice president and regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is the chapel’s keynote speaker.