New Exhibit Celebrates Morgan State’s Pioneering Role in the Civil Rights Movement

The Robert M. Bell Center For Civil Rights In Education and the Earl S. Richardson Library at Morgan State University have unveiled a new exhibit documenting the university’s role in the civil rights movement from 1947 to 1963.

Students at what was then Morgan State College protested to end racial segregation in a local theater and 343 of them were arrested and placed in jail. Morgan State students also traveled to the state capital in Annapolis to demand more funding from the state for the college. Several years before the lunch-counter sit-in movement spread throughout the South, Morgan students successfully led a protest to integrate drug store lunch counters in Baltimore.

Morgan State students protest in Annapolis, 1947 (click image to enlarge)


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