Before the 1960s, college campuses in the South were parochial and racially segregated institutions with little academic freedom and almost no progressive student activism. But in the 1960s, student protesters worked to transform the South both on and off campus. Students from historically black colleges and universities launched a sit-in movement that ended segregation at lunch counters and restaurants and created the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, which launched a larger student movement to topple Jim Crow.
Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), edited by Robert Cohen, professor of social studies education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, offers a panoramic view of student activism in the south involving black and white students in struggles for racial justice, gender equity, academic freedom, and an end to the war in Vietnam. The volume brings together original essays on all phases of the student movement by historians who document some of the 1960s’ most impressive political efforts.