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Arundel Ice Cream Company Part 4: the Sit In Movement

North Carolina A & T students who started the student sit-in movement in 1960

Yesterday I mentioned that it took a multiethnic student sit in movement in March of 1959 to desegregate Arundel Company’s ice cream parlors in metro Baltimore. What’s interesting is the fact that his happened almost a year before students North Carolina A & T started the student sit-in movement at Woolworth’s and S. H. Kress store lunch counters in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960 (see my earlier post on this story http://frederickdouglassopie.blogspot.com/2010/02/before-1960-student-sit-in-movement-i.html) I wondered if the students in Baltimore influenced the students in North Carolina, after all the Baltimore Afro American covered the event. From 1959 to the late 1960s the country went from a civil rights movement to a Black power movement. One of the often overlooked aspects of the movement was the call for economic power for black folks; more on this and its effects on the Arundel Company.

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