Patricia Stephens Due

Black History Hero | Patricia Stephens Due
Posted on 02/11/2020
Patricia Stephens

On Jan. 23, 1963, Patricia Stephens Due was arrested in the segregated lobby of the Florida Theater in Tallahassee for entering the whites-only section. Although the city dropped the case, Stephens Due filed a suit against the city for their support of racial apartheid. While an agreement was made that Due would drop the suit if the city desegregated their courtroom, the city went back on their promise, sparking a new wave of student protests of the two movie theaters.

Over 200 students were arrested and 37 tear gassed in their efforts to desegregate the theaters. The city later changed its legal tactics, allowing students to peacefully protest in front of the theaters without police interference.

 

 



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