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“I was supportive of my sister then and was proud as can be—still am.”
Rev. Spencer Turnipseed

March and Celebration in Honor of Marti Turnipseed from Birmingham-Southern College on Vimeo.

On April 24, 1963, Birmingham-Southern sophomore Martha "Marti" Turnipseed chose to join seven African-American students at a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s food counter in downtown Birmingham.

The other students were arrested, and BSC officials told Marti—a third-generation BSC student—that she had to leave campus. She was allowed to return a year later and complete her degree, and died in 1972 in a tragic car accident.

On Wednesday, April 24, BSC President Gen. Charles C. Krulak and Birmingham Mayor William Bell led some 1,500 students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community on a march from campus to downtown's Kelly Ingram Park, tracing Marti’s footsteps. Watch the video to see how it went, and see the video below to hear more from Marti’s brother, Spencer Turnipseed, about why her actions were important.

Read more about Marti’s story here.

Read Gen. Krulak’s op-ed in The Birmingham News about Marti here.

Find out more about BSC’s Forward, Ever Birmingham events here.

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