What is called the Sixties refers mainly to the late 1960s. This blog deals primarily with activism at the University of Texas in the early 1960s. Chandler Davidson, who was a leader in the civil rights movement at UT, organized a reunion (held Dec. 3, 2010) for the 50th anniversary of the stand-ins, a movement to integrate theaters on the Drag (Guadalupe Street in Austin).
I did not participate in the stand-ins myself. I participated in a restaurant integration demonstration earlier that year, and was in the University “Y” when it was bombed. From the time the stand-ins started, I did not attend an off-campus movie until the theaters were integrated, regardless of whether demonstrations were taking place. When I was not eating at the dorm, on a few occasions I succumbed to peer pressure and ate with friends at segregated restaurants. As I do not remember any of the meals or the conversations, obviously it would be a more satisfying memory had I stuck to principle consistently in this area also.