Fifty years ago today, 35 young people held Seattle’s first sit-in of the civil rights movement.
HistoryLink.org has the details:
On July 1, 1963, 35 young people stage the first sit-in of the civil rights movement in Seattle in the offices of Mayor Gordon S. Clinton. They are protesting the composition of a 12-member human rights commission proposed by Clinton. They occupy the mayor’s offices for 24 hours before leaving. There are no incidents and no arrests.
Mayor Clinton had asked the city council to establish a human rights commission that would write an open housing ordinance. Racial discrimination in housing in Seattle was a major source of discontent among African Americans. Clinton’s nominees for the commission included only two African Americans.