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Celebrate People's History: Dockum Drug Store Sit-In

Cheyenne Garrison
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
December 2016
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This is a green, tan, and brown poster that has a title of "Dockum Drug Store Sit-In". There are two people on the left side of the image and then on the right side are people sitting at a counter. Above the images there is two columns of text that reads: “In 1958, Carol Parks Hahn and Ron Walters, two Wichita NAACP youth leaders decided to protest segregation of local lunch counters, starting with the largest drugstore chain in Kansas, Dockum Drug Store. Hahn and Walters began the peaceful sit-in protest along with twenty other members from the local NAACP. The plan was to occupy all of the lunch counter seats and ask to be served. This continued every Thursday and Saturday from July 19th August 11 when the owner of Dockum Drug Stores visited the location, and said, “Serve them. I’m losing too much money.” As a result of this statement, all Dockum Drug Stores in Wichita and eventually in the state of Kansas were desegregated. This sit-in occurred almost two years before the nationally recognized sit-in in Greensboro, NC.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.