Students of Cal for Racial Equality pickets Woolworth In Berkeley to support Southern students lunch-counter sit-ins.

In March of 1960, Cal students organized a boycott and picket of the Berkeley Woolworth's department store, under the sponsorship of the ad hoc "Students of Cal for Racial Equality."  Slate, the left-liberal UC student organization Slate, which ran candidates for UCB student offices, provided leadership for the protest.  Kress and Woolworth's stores in San Francisco were also picketed, in answer to a call from Terry Francois, head of the Bay Area NAACP.  

The protests  were designed to draw public support for the Woolworth's boycott and lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, begun the previous month.  By the end of March, 1960, the sit-ins and support boycotts had spread to 55 cities in 13 states.  By July, 1960, Woolworth's had eliminated the "whites only" policy at their lunch counters in the South, and by the end of the summer of 1960 most dining facilities in the south had dropped their Jim Crow policies 

The spark generated by the Greensboro sit-ins led to the formation of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in April, 1960.  SNCC, CORE and their white supporters were responsible for many of the mass protests against Jim Crow laws and local segregationist policies that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  

UC picketers heading towards Woolworth

This is what shoppers had to ignore to shop at Woolworth

Picketeers in front of Woolworth

Picket duty in the rain.  Signs weren't waterproof

Help me identify these two UC student leaders

UC student picketers, including my girlfriend at the time, Lenore Uyeyama

We marched around downtown Berkeley

This is my mom, Billie Wachter

Gathering signatures for petition opposing Southern lunch counter segregation

Students picketing in front of other Shattuck Avenue stores

Protesting jailing of black students who sat-in at Nashville lunch counters