In the spring of 1963 local African American ministers and other leaders organized the Danville Movement to combat widespread racial segregation and discrimination. On 10 June, two demonstrations occurred. Police clubbed and fire-hosed the marchers, injuring at least 47 and arresting 60. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., offered protesters his "full, personal support" when he arrived in Danville on 11 July. The nonviolent protests, which became known as "Blooy Monday," gained national news coverage before the 28 Aug. March on Washington co-led by the Rev. Dr. King. Both events swelled sentiment in favor of civil rights legislation.
Year On Marker: 2007
Original Sponsor: Reverend Thurmond O. Echols
Geographic Location: Danville
Physical Description of Location: 401 Patton Street, Danville, VA 24541. Marker is in plaza in front of Danville City Circuit Court.
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