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Memorial will remember, honor historic sit-in

Kudos to the Kansas Health Foundation and the Kansas African American Museum for partnering to create a memorial to the Dockum Drug Store sit-in at the building in which it occurred – now the Ambassador Hotel at Douglas and Broadway. The 1958 lunch counter sit-in led to the desegregation not only of that store but of all Rexall Drug stores in Kansas. It also inspired similar protests in other states. As Health Foundation president and CEO Steve Coen noted, the sit-in delivered “a striking blow to segregation and racism in our city and state.” It deserves a permanent memorial. – Phillip Brownlee