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Title: Marker to honor 34 VUU students charged after sit-in
Post by: VUU fan on June 28, 2016, 01:05:51 PM
Marker to honor 34 VUU students charged after sit-in at Thalhimers in 1960


By JUSTIN MATTINGLY Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted: Monday, June 27, 2016 10:30 pm 


On Feb. 20, 1960, more than 200 Virginia Union University students descended on downtown Richmond. Their goal: End the segregation in food service, and stand up for their rights.

Two days later, 34 of the students were arrested.

“We made history that day, and things changed as a result,” said Elizabeth Johnson Rice, now 76, who was one of the students protesting.

Given the nickname of the “Richmond 34,” the group will be honored today with a historical marker at the place of their sit-in. The formal ceremony will start between 11 and 11:15 a.m. on Broad Street between Sixth and Seventh streets.


To begin their sit-in, the 200-plus students entered the “Whites Only” lunch counter at Thalhimers Department Store. They were refused service but stayed until the store closed.


On Feb. 22, 34 of the students, including Johnson Rice, returned and were arrested and charged with trespassing.


The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 34 students’ convictions after a tense legal battle, an impactful victory for the civil rights movement.


The historical marker comes after the “Richmond 34” were honored in 2010 with a large 50th anniversary celebration that featured a performance by musical artist John Legend to culminate a week of events.


The unveiling also comes after prominent civil rights leader Dick Gregory spoke in Richmond on June 17.

full story here:

http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_d91599fe-b724-55b8-8358-e03840071ac0.html
Title: Re: Marker to honor 34 VUU students charged after sit-in
Post by: EPJr on June 28, 2016, 03:58:28 PM
wow
remember that like it was yesterday
I was in high school
life is funny
we outlasted that places that would not service us  ;D
Title: Re: Marker to honor 34 VUU students charged after sit-in
Post by: EPJr on February 22, 2019, 03:24:47 PM
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Union University held a chapel service on Thursday honoring the Richmond 34, a group of alumni who took part in a Civil Rights sit-in 59 years ago.

The Richmond 34 was a group of VUU students who conducted a sit-in at Thalhimers department store on February 22,1960.

"The anniversary of your justice and standing for the people of Richmond and black people around the world," said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, VUU President & CEO, when he presented one of the members with a citation for the group.

The 34 were praised for their efforts in ending segregation and speakers urged the VUU students in attendance to follow their example when addressing issues facing minority communities today.


https://wtvr.com/2019/02/21/richmond-34-honored-59-years-after-thalhimers-sit-in/?fbclid=IwAR3tHieknLDXKEuYu2PkwQgceY8GhpbIjnnU8LvjRpF6F_4Hr69jp5dk-IA