A 20-day trial period tests a “controlled” integration of the theater.

April 2, 2024 by kathleen

Protestors could request tickets to attend an integrated screening. No more than six tickets were permitted to Black patrons and tickets had to be arranged in advance. Box office staff would screen for approved names and allow them to enter the theater.


Many protestors felt like this process was degrading. Protestor Bessie McLauren, who helped arrange the tickets remembers feeling like white Durhamites were saying, “you crawl. As long as we make you crawl.” Ultimately, McLauren participated because she felt it was the only hope in breaking down the barriers to social equality.