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Backed By NAACP: 20 SIU Students Attend Sit-In Meeting In Cairo
Backed By NAACP: 20 SIU Students Attend Sit-In Meeting In Cairo
Item IDEgyptian19620629siu.tif
TitleBacked By NAACP: 20 SIU Students Attend Sit-In Meeting In Cairo
AuthorDaily Egyptian
DescriptionTwenty SIU students were to attend a mass meeting concerning the current Cairo situation demonstrations.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1962 June 29
Volume43
Issue83
SectionSports
Page(s)1
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CollectionUniversity Archives: Daily Egyptian Diversity Articles Index
TranscriptBacked By NAACP: 20 SIU Students Attend Sit-In Meeting In Cairo

Twenty SIU students were to attend a mass meeting concerning the current Cairo situation demonstrations.
John O'Neal, a SIU senior acting as group spokesman, said the meeting was scheduled for the "African Methodist Episcopal Church and the purpose was to explain to he majority of persons what was happening and prepare future plans."
He explained that SIU students both white and Negro were involved in the organization of the sit-ins and that ihey had NAACP backing.
O'Neal said that orignially a group of students formed to deal with the problem of
"finding housing for Negroes in Carbondale and that a member of the group was Mary
McCullum, who had worked with the ‘freedom riders' prior to enrolling at SIU."
He stated the group became aware that Negroes were being refused service in public places in Cario and decided "the problem would be worthy of involment." They took part in a NAACP meeting June 11 at which it was and decided to demonstrate in Cairo.
Miss McCuIlum suffered a knife wound on her leg Tuesday during the first day of demonstrations. The spokesman blamed the incident on "lack of preparation" on the part of the demonstraters. He said Miss McCullum would not press charges.
Demonstrations were scheduled yesterday. (Earlier story on Page 8.)



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