1961 December 11

“Garner v. Louisiana”: Early Sit-In Victory


Garner v. Louisiana, decided on this day, was an important victory for the sit-in movement, which began on February 1, 1960. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the conviction of people convicted of “disturbing the peace” for conducting sit-ins. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sit-in was peaceful, and the Court held that the police could not reasonably foresee that it might cause a disturbance.

Watch the 1960s sit-ins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZE0a5-p9pg

Learn more: Iwan W. Morgan and Philip Davies, From Sit-ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s (2012)

Learn more about the sit-in movement at the Civil Rights Movement Veterans website: http://www.crmvet.org/docs/sitdocs.htm

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