People, Pride, and Promise: The Story of the Dockum Sit-In

People, Pride, and Promise: The Story of the Dockum Sit-In is a traveling exhibit that commemorates the 60th anniversary of American’s first successful student-led lunch counter sit-in.

This exhibit explores how early Civil Rights Era lunch counter protests helped shape and transform the struggles for racial equality in America.

Through visual presentations and hands-on experiences, you will get to know the little known story of the Dockum Sit-In. The exhibit features a replica lunch counter and images from a children’s book that commemorates this momentous event.

KMUW, Wichita’s NPR radio station, has a nice synopsis on the 60th anniversary of the sit-in, “Hope for the Future: The Dockum Sit-In, Sixty Years On.”

People, Pride, and Promise: The Story of the Dockum Sit-In was created by Storytime Village with funding from Humanities Kansas. The exhibit will be on display in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery July 15 – Aug 18.

Related Event

Dockum Sit-in: An Evening with Dr. Vesey
Sun, Aug 11 | 5-7pm
Marvin Auditorium A
Commemorate the 60th anniversary of Wichita’s Dockum Drugstore Sit-in with Dr. Galyn Vesey, one of the original sit-in participants. Afterward join us in the gallery for light refreshments and explore the exhibit.

Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.