Members of the Clinton 12 have been invited to march with Black Lives Matter protesters in Clinton this evening (Thursday, June 11).
The Clinton 12 were the 12 black teenagers who integrated Clinton High School in the fall of 1956, braving threats of violence, after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Organizer Trevor King, who organized a peaceful protest in Oak Ridge last week, said marchers in Clinton are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. at the football field at 250 West Broad Street.
Protesters will march from the football field to Clinton Middle School, which is where the high school used to be.
King said some members of the Clinton 12 have agreed to speak. Speakers are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
“I think it’s amazing that members of the Clinton 12 will get to be a part of a march that ends at the exact school they desegregated,” King said in a Facebook post.