This Day in History

July 19, 1958: Dockum Drug Store Sit-In

Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
Kansas Sit-In | Zinn Education Project

Ron Walters and Carol Parks, in 1958. Courtesy: Rosie Hughes

A sit-in at a Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960 is often cited as the first civil rights protest of its kind.

However, on July 19, 1958, cousins Ron Walters (20) and Carol Parks-Haun (19), and other leaders in the NAACP Youth Council organized the Dockum Drug Store sit-in in Wichita, Kansas.

After three weeks of sit-ins, the management of the Dockum chain finally agreed to desegregate service.

Learn more in the KPTS documentary film, The Dockum Sit-in: A Legacy of Courage. The film streams for free online. See below.

Listen to a 2006 NPR interview with Ron Walters and Carol Parks-Haun on the Kansas sit-in.

Find more resources on sit-ins, including earlier sit-ins led by students and teachers, below.