Sit-in Participants Honored in Wichita

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Nine people who sat down at a Wichita drug
store's segregated lunch counter 50 years ago have received an
apology and a key to the city.

About 300 attended ceremonies yesterday in Topeka honoring the
people who as youths staged the Dockum Drugs sit-in.

Mayor Carl Brewer told the sit-in participants he was sorry for
what they endured.

It was July 1958, and the youth group of the Wichita Branch of
the NAACP got permission from Lewis, to stage the sit-in despite
opposition from the national branch.

The youths came in shifts for about three weeks to keep the
stools filled at the Dockum Drug Store before the Dockum owners
agreed to desegregate the lunch counter, the counters at its eight
other Wichita stores and at Rexall Drug Stores across Kansas.

The sit-in prompted similar protests across the Midwest.

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