The Barton County Historical Society welcomes Prisca Barnes to introduce the Sit-In Drugstore Dockum during a free program on February 27.
In 1958, black Wichita students staged and staged a sit-in at Wichita’s Dockum Drugstore, seeking racial equity and an end to segregation. Long denied entry to the city’s cinemas and restaurants, students exercised their right to protest peacefully for a three-week period at the popular lunch counter. What happened, how it ended, and the lasting impact it had on race relations in the city is the focus of this talk. More broadly, the talk will explore how these types of protests have transformed the fight for racial equity in America.
Priscia Barnes is the founder of Storytime Village Inc., a non-profit organization in Wichita that promotes reading among children and low-income families. She is a passionate advocate for equity in education and literacy.
Admission to this event is free thanks to Humanities Kansas. The doors of the Barton County Historical Society Museum open at 6:30pm and the program will begin at 7:00pm; light refreshments will be offered. The museum is located at 85 South US 281, just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on US 281.