Denver's Sit-In Movement

Purnell Steen

Purnell Steen speaks about the sit-in movement in Denver, Colorado during the 1960s and the successes of that movement in desegregating local businesses. He recalled, "There was a department store ... they had maids and janitors ... but they did not have any people of color. We met with the manager of the store who assured us...as long as he was the manager ... there would never be a person of color." For more on the Student Sit-In Movement, see: Moments in Civil Rights History -Student Sit-In Organizers Expelled Moments in Civil Rights History -The Sit-In Movement For personal accounts of the Student Sit-In Movement, see: Elaine Turner -A Civil Rights Protester Frank Smith -We Changed America Rev. William Moore -The Sit-In Movement in Fayetteville, NC Rev. William A. Lawson -The Student Movement in Houston

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