Chattanooga Sit-ins 53 Years Later

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By Richard Guerrero, Managing Editor

It has been 53 years since a group of six African American students from Howard High School changed the course of history in Chattanooga. The six students held a sit-in at a downtown five and dime store lunch counter for four days. These students felt the backlash when white students and adults, in what was dubbed as “the most massive racial clash in the history of Chattanooga” by the Chattanooga Times, held a counter protest. The six students are now highly successful leaders in their respective communities with jobs ranging from deans of educational institutes to engineers and business owners.

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We honor these worriers for justice and they are: Dr. Robert Taylor, JoAnne Favors, Leamon Pierce, Billy Edwards, James Mapp and Robert Parks.