On July 9, 1963, a 15-year-old boy and four classmates walked into the Bradley Memorial Library in Columbus, Georgia, took books from a shelf, and sat down to read. They were black. The library was white. The 15-year-old, Charlie Porter, was there because he had been taught the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution and took it seriously. Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation, was nine years old and Columbus was still completely segregated. It wasn’t long before police arrived and took them to the police station. On February 6–7, Columbus will honor these hometown civil rights heroes with two events.
Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, Jan. 17