1960 March 15

Julian Bond Leads Atlanta’s First Sit-In


Julian Bond, civil rights activist and future Georgia state senator, on this day led more than 200 Atlanta area students in the first sit-in protest in Atlanta, challenging segregated public accommodations. They presented “An Appeal for Human Rights” to city officials. Major downtown Atlanta stores agreed to desegregate a year after the sit-in, on March 7, 1961.

Bond was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and in 1965 elected to the Georgia legislature. He was initially denied his seat but ordered seated by the U.S. Supreme Court, on December 5, 1966, which he was on January 9, 1967.

Learn more about the Atlanta movement: http://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/content/atlanta-students-sit-us-civil-rights-1960-1961

Read “An Appeal for Human Rights”: http://www.crmvet.org/docs/aa4hr.htm

Read: Julian Bond, A Time to Speak, A Time to Act: The Movement in Politics (1972)

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