50th anniversary of Houston sit-in remembered

March 4, 2010 2:30:06 PM PST
It was on this day 50 years ago, that Houston joined the nationwide sit-in movement for civil rights reform. On March 4, 1960, 13 students from Texas Southern University walked from campus to the Weingartens supermarket lunch counter, where they sat down and asked to be served. They sat quietly for more than four hours, but were never helped.

This morning several of the original students joined in a panel session at TSU to talk about the protest and its impact. Eldrewey Stearns, who lead the protest, says the future looks bright.

"I see only a great future for the black people of today, once they accept what they are and what they want," he said.

After the discussion, a group of TSU students made the same march to where Weingartens used to stand. It's now a US post office. Once there, they unveiled a Texas historic marker highlighting the students' crusade to end segregation in Houston.