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alt"An Experience in Charity." Student Account of Participation in Sit-ins. 1961.

"Baltimore, Maryland and the student sit-in movement were merely words on a type-written page for me until late in November when a call from Yale and the Northern Student Movement Co-Ordinating Committee invited Manhattanville to join… in actually participating in one of the demonstrations."

Centurion article on NFCCS participation in Baltimore sit-ins"Students Manifest Sympathy at Saturday Baltimore Sit-ins." The Centurion. December 13, 1961.

"Athalie Joy summed up the effect it had on her by saying, 'You leave with the conviction that lip service to Civil Rights is not enough. You can only know how important your individual support is by active participation.'"

President O'Byrne with Professors Dilworth and LangleyPresident Eleanor O'Byrne with Professors David Dilworth and Raymond Langley. August 1963.

At 2:30am on August 28, 1963 a group of six students and two faculty members departed Washington D.C. to take part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 

President O'Byrne with March on Washington ParticipantsPresident Eleanor O'Byrne with March on Washington Participants. August 28, 1963.

President O'Byrne with March on Washington ParticipantsPresident Eleanor O'Byrne with March on Washington Participants. August 28, 1963.

President O'Byrne with March on Washington ParticipantsPresident Eleanor O'Byrne with March on Washington Participants. August 28, 1963.

President O'Byrne with March on Washington ParticipantsPresident Eleanor O'Byrne with March on Washington Participants. August 28, 1963.

Left to right: Marcia Stifle (class of 1962), Rosalie Mazur (1965), President O'Byrne, Sam Shea (1965), Margot Mulvehill (1964)

Student Account of the March on WashingtonStudent Account of March on Washington. 1963

This personal account discusses the thoughts and feelings experienced by the Manhattanville participants.
"The most amazing speaker of the afternoon was Martin Luther King. He spoke at the end of the afternoon, at a time when most of us were exhausted and fatigued emotionally as well as physically. But King transformed all that in just a few moments…His effect was incredible unless you yourself could be there to experience. The people were finely tuned to his emotions. As his rose, theirs rose, spontaneously, as if King were voicing all the hopes, all their dreams in himself."

Centurion article on NFCCS participation in March on Washington"College Students March in Civil Rights Movement." The Centurion. October 2, 1963.

TouchstoneNFCCSMarchAlabamathumb"Students March in Alabama." Touchstone. April 1, 1965.

Thirteen students joined the thirty thousand marchers in Montgomery, AL for the Selma-Montgomery March.