Joyce Barrett led a sit-in at age 22, helping to enact a ban on racial discrimination in Maryland
On Nov. 11, 1961, hundreds of Black and white college students from across the Northeast flocked to Baltimore and Annapolis to conduct sit-ins, aiming to draw attention to segregated restaurants along one of the nation’s most popular travel routes. Frustrated by what they saw as a tepid federal response to the discrimination common along U.S. Route 40 in Maryland, they fanned across the region, hopping from restaurant to restaurant, angering white patrons and needling business owners who refused change.
Joyce Barrett tells her story of being arrested during a sit-in at the Barnes' Drive-in in Annapolis, MD.
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