An integrated group, that had earlier conducted sit-ins, enjoys a cup of coffee at the Drug Fair at Glebe Road and Pershing Drive in Arlington, Virginia on June 23, 1960. The company announced it was desegregating its lunch counters in the city the day before.
Dion Diamond is at the corner seat. Laurence Henry, leader of the protests, is on far right. Paul Dietrich is second from left.
The protestors were part of the Non-Violent Action Group (NAG), an integrated group mainly composed of students that was led by Howard University divinity student Laurence Henry.
The sit-in demonstrations at People’s Drug Store, Drug Fair, Landsburgh’s, Woolworths and the Howard Johnson’s in Arlington were successful within a matter of weeks and most restaurants and lunch counters in the city desegregated in 1960.
The group moved on to Maryland the same year where they staged ultimately successful demonstrations to desegregate Glen Echo Amusement Park, the Hi-Boy restaurant in Rockville and the Hiser Theater in Bethesda. #blackstorian