July 2nd, 2014
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Editor's note: The Southern Foodways Alliance delves deep in the history, tradition, heroes and plain old deliciousness of Southern food.

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The Southern Foodways Alliance presents Counter Histories, a series of short films documenting the struggle to desegregate Southern restaurants in the Civil Rights Movement.

Soon after President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law on July 2, outlawing ingrained forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, and national and religious minorities, hundreds of restaurants across the South integrated. More than four years of student-led, nonviolent protests—including lunch-counter sit-ins across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic—helped bring about the legislation.

In this piece we hear from Colia Clark, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Bill Minor, Daphne Chamberlain and Reverend Ed King about the historic sit-in at the 1963 Woolworth's lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi.

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  1. Jobi

    The good ol days. I coulda had a sista service my fields than service me after she washed her stinking ass.

    July 6, 2014 at 10:38 pm |
  2. honey bee

    the times were painful for what we saw and learned. In ky we did not see the laws or the results...brave souls.

    July 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm |
  3. fascinatedspectator

    This is excellent! Young people of today really NEED to see this !
    By knowing and understanding such shameful and uncomfortable history, maybe we can prevent it from ever happening again!
    Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it!

    July 3, 2014 at 11:28 am |
  4. Thinking things through

    Very moving. Thank you for posting this video.

    July 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm |
  5. tombstone7

    What's amazing to me, the local authority came and arrested the black folks. What was the crime? White folks yelling and hitting and spitting got to go home and have a beer or two to celebrate. What a country!

    July 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm |
    • Mike

      Why do you find it amazing? Segregation was ingrained in the deep South and had been for decades. The fact that the Civil Rights Act was signed into law did almost nothing to change the attitudes of those who grew up accepting racism as a way of life. The only thing that has changed attitudes has been the passage of time, and we're obviously not there yet...

      July 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm |
  6. Atilla

    Feed the browns, starve the whites. It's like a traitorous Great Depression under this liberal back-stabbing administration.

    Enjoy your f#@*$ing steak.

    July 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm |
    • Sam

      ^ Don't know much about history...

      July 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm |
    • Boisepoet

      The cleaners called, your sheets are ready to wear.

      July 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm |
    • VladT

      As a proud white person, I just have to say......


      July 3, 2014 at 10:02 am |
    • fascinatedspectator

      WOW! Are you REALLY that F$%^&ING ignorant and racist??????
      You apparently failed history as well!
      I guess you've never heard of karma, hmm?

      July 3, 2014 at 11:16 am |
  7. Loki Mulholland

    Great story about the sit-in. I'm very proud of my mother. There's an entire documentary about her life, "An Ordinary Hero".

    July 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
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