Memphis campus looks back 50 years at the Black Student Association sit-ins

By , Guest Columnist Published: April 15, 2019 4:42 PM CT
Guest Columnist

Shirletta J. Kinchen

Shirletta J. Kinchen is an associate professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville.  She is the author of "Black Power in the Bluff City: African American Youth and Student Activism in Memphis, 1965-1975." 

In the late 1960s, African-American students at Memphis State would not settle for second-class citizenship, especially when they paid tuition like their white counterparts, and their parents’ tax dollars supported the institution like the parents of their white counterparts. So they organized.


Black Student Association Memphis State


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