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Timeline of the 1958 sit-ins

Oklahoman Published: August 20, 2008
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Aug. 19: Thirteen black youths seek to be served at a Katz Drug Store counter.

Aug. 20: The youth return to the Katz food counter and are refused service.


Aug. 21: Katz begins serving a large group of black youths shortly after 3:30 pm.

Aug. 22: Thirty-five black children sit quietly for more than six hours in the John A. Brown Co. luncheonette. That morning S. H. Kress and Co. serves black youths on a "stand up” basis (stools had been removed at the counter).

Aug. 23: Sixty-six black youths accompanied by six adults enter Brown's luncheonette and stay for six hours without being served. Several minor incidents occur, with one white man and four white boys being ejected.

Aug. 24: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Youth Council members take their plea for service in downtown eating places to city churches; 17 white churches welcome them, two churches segregate them and one turns them away.

Aug. 25: Eighty-five children and five adults sit all day in Brown's luncheonette without being served.

Aug 26: Eighty-five youths sit down at Brown's luncheonette with no service. A 23-year-old white man is arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after he is accused of striking a 15-year-old black youth. The youth is ordered to children's court the next day. Earlier in the day, a white man is detained by police after officers said he "lost his temper.” Clara Luper, head of the Oklahoma City youth council of the NAACP, reports receiving threatening phone calls and a letter.

Aug. 27: One hundred and thirty five youths participate in a sit-in at Brown's luncheonette, but find most of the seats "reserved for employees only.

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Black youths stage a sit-in at Katz Drug Store in Oklahoma City in August 1958 to protest the store's policy of serving blacks food and drink for outside consumption only. The Oklahoman archive

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