A memory submitted by Richard Stewart, Class of 1960

When engaging in sit-ins in Dallas during the Spring of 1960, and a few months before my graduation from SMU, the Director of the Bridwell Library, Dr. Decherd Turner, advised me on how to handle the press when the arrests for my sit-ins would surely come (I was not arrested, and the press which did come seemed understanding of our goal). The sit-ins proceeded peacefully, and my white sit-in colleagues and I did not have to use the informational slip of paper which Dr. Turner suggested I carry: “I now enjoy a privilege which I have heretofore been denied, and for which my slave fore-parents died.”