On May 28, 1963, in Jackson, Mississippi, the Woolworth sit-in occurred. “This was the most violently attacked sit-in during the 1960s. A huge mob gathered, with open police support while the three of us sat there for three hours. I was attacked with fists, brass knuckles and the broken portions of glass sugar containers, and was burned with cigarettes.” —John Salter (Hunter Bear), seated in photo with Joan Trumpauer (now Mulholland), and Anne Moody (author of Coming of Age in Mississippi).
More information on the sit-ins is available here. Learn more about the Jackson sit-in in the book We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired and its website.
The Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement website also offers important information and resources, as does the book Coming of Age in Mississippi.